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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
star
I.noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
a comedy star (=a very famous comedy actor or actress)
▪ The main role in the film is played by comedy star Whoopi Goldberg.
a distant planet/galaxy/star
▪ They saw telescope images of the distant planet Neptune.
a film actor/star
▪ John Voight, the American film star, is perhaps best known for his Oscar winning performance in 'Midnight Cowboy'.
a film stars/features sb
▪ The film starred Brad Pitt.
a movie star
▪ She looked like a movie star.
a movie stars/features sb
▪ a movie starring Will Smith
a star rating (=a number of star symbols that shows a level of quality etc)
▪ Each restaurant is given a star rating.
a star witness (=an important witness who says things that help one side a lot)
▪ The judge ruled that the state’s star witness had lied on the stand.
a starring role (=one of the most important roles)
▪ She was offered the starring role in a new British stage comedy.
falling star
film star
five star general
morning star
movie star
navigate by the stars
▪ Early explorers used to navigate by the stars.
Pole Star
pop star
rising star
▪ Francesca was a rising star in the cinema.
shooting star
star anise
star chamber
star in a film (=be one of the main characters in a film)
▪ Robert Mitchum starred in a film called 'River of No Return' with Marilyn Monroe.
star in a movie (=play one of the main characters)
▪ Depp will star in director Tim Burton’s next movie.
star jump
Star of David
star potential (=the potential to be a star in music, films etc)
▪ The woman who spotted Kate’s star potential was Sarah Doukas.
star pupil (=a very good one)
▪ a star pupil
star sign
star turn
star vehicle
▪ MGM made the film as a star vehicle for Brando.
Stars and Stripes, the
the star attraction (=someone or something that many people want to see)
▪ The former President was the star attraction of the conference.
the star of the show
▪ Very quickly, Williams became the star of the show.
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADJECTIVE
big
▪ The developers have tried to make it as realistic as possible and the game includes some of the sport's biggest stars.
▪ Sure, sure, I know the networks like to spread their big stars all over the prime-time lot.
▪ He was not a big star at the time and it was just a good song.
▪ Who will be the biggest star of the Olympics?
▪ There was a big gold star on the door.
▪ Not like a big star at all.
▪ His name and his music opened the new National Bowl, promoted now as a major venue for big rock stars.
▪ They wanted maybe a big star.
bright
▪ A spectrograph measures how bright a star is at any given wavelength.
▪ Even as it was, the glare of the Earth, filling half the sky, drowned all but the brighter stars.
▪ Most of the brighter stars plotted are of the second magnitude, while the fainter ones are of the fourth.
▪ Discovered in the early 1960s, quasars at first seemed to be small, bright stars.
▪ Then it erupted in a shower of cold, bright stars, brilliant with a sharp, astonishing, searing pain.
▪ Also in the line of the rings was the bright star of Titan, and the fainter sparks of the other moons.
▪ Capella is the sixth brightest star in the sky.
▪ Away from the haze and lights of the city, bright stars fill the spectacularly clear sky.
lucky
▪ I have sent thank-you cards to all my lucky stars by first-class post.
▪ He was probably even now thanking his lucky stars for a narrow escape.
▪ The Bruins this morning are thanking their lucky stars for goaltender Bill Ranford.
other
▪ With other semi-regular stars, the periods are so ill-defined as to be barely recognizable, and sometimes the fluctuations become random.
▪ No other stars are seen close to the radio position.
▪ And Lancashire's other pace star, Phil DeFreitas, also has reason to catch the Essex captain's eye.
▪ Her appeal to all generations was now something that separated her from almost any other pop star of her generation.
▪ We know of other stars whose brightness changes periodically, over a timespan of hours, weeks or years.
▪ Such weak interactions underlie the processes that fuel the Sun and other stars.
▪ Pioneering producer Hal Roach also launched a host of other silent film stars including Harold Lloyd.
▪ He determined the amount of neutral gas lying in front of Beta Canis Majoris and in front of 10 other stars in a similar direction.
pop
▪ He's leaving, apparently, to become a pop star, and why not?
▪ So goes life for an aspiring teen-age pop star who still wants to play baseball in his senior year of high school.
▪ Ever fancied recreating the comedy deaths of pop stars?
▪ He had never intended the group to become pop stars - and Rotten's increasingly self-important behaviour was a worry.
▪ Today researchers reveal who pop stars look up to, who they hate and how in touch with reality they are.
▪ But by far the most popular answers for boys and girls respectively were footballer and pop star.
▪ I can't understand why people want to be pop stars.
▪ She really is an inspiration-and a pop star in the making.
rising
▪ In part two: Cancer lifeline ... the new drug that could stop a killer spreading. Rising star.
▪ His name was Mahmoud el Zaki and he was one of the Parquet's rising stars.
▪ A chance to spot the rising stars of the sport.
▪ As Chief Secretary to the Treasury, he is the youngest member of the Cabinet and its fastest rising star.
▪ His main rival at the Express was another young rising star, Kelvin Mackenzie, who handled news.
▪ And he will be pleasantly surprised to see that only three horses line up against his rising star.
rock
▪ People in the rear craned to get a glimpse of the legendary rock star.
▪ Biggest Surprise: The continuing transformation of Courtney Love from rock star grunge to classic elegance.
▪ And Rod, infamous for his years of rock star excess, insisted he had no worries about Ruby going into showbiz.
▪ Are movies stars aping rock stars?
▪ I mean, look at all the rock stars dying on heroin.
▪ Adolescent fans crowd around him, begging for autographs as if he were a rock star.
young
▪ The young stars played sixteen-year-old lovers.
▪ She ran off with a younger film star.
▪ It didn't deter many of Hollywood's young stars in those days of silent movies from using drugs.
▪ Yet the solar radiation from the sun, then a faint, young star, was approximately 30 percent less.
▪ Academicians and up and coming young stars were offered honoured commissions for which they were well paid.
▪ She was interested in promoting the careers of young stars.
■ NOUN
film
▪ A millionaires' row for the aristocracy, film stars and the kings of international business empires.
▪ Griffith and Mack Sennett both filmed in the area while silent film star Tom Mix was an early developer.
▪ It will include an interview with film star Stewart Granger with whom Roma once appeared in a play on Broadway.
▪ They were all a bunch of spoiled, badly behaved film stars and he had no patience with any of them.
▪ The pornographic film star Ilona Staller, alias La Cicciolina, has withdrawn from the lists, pleading marital pressure and pregnancy.
▪ Hedy Lamarr, the film star who was billed as the most beautiful woman in the world, has died aged 86.
▪ She ran off with a younger film star.
▪ Nigel wondered if any film star would be discerning enough to employ him if he applied for a chauffeur's job.
football
▪ No one knew whether the civil jury would hold the former football star liable for two brutal murders.
▪ And the police clearly fed the flames by publicly announcing they were investigating the football stars.
▪ And he had no shortage of women, did he? Football stars are well supplied with female groupies.
▪ Jurors took less than a half-hour Thursday to clear professional football star Warren Moon of assaulting his wife.
▪ He was a football star in college.
▪ In addition to excelling academically, Mr Packard was a football star and big man around campus.
▪ Though football star Dan Marino and swimsuit models were on hand, it was the Hansons who were mobbed.
morning
▪ The Germanic cavalry often had morning stars made entirely of iron.
▪ The stars were leaving the sky; even the lingering morning star was dim.
▪ The Enlightenment was the morning star of modernity.
▪ The morning star has withdrawn behind the curtain of light to wait for its chance to shine again tomorrow.
▪ The planet they call the evening star, the morning star.
▪ Or maybe something like the morning star that still hung in the dawning sky.
▪ Venus and Jupiter, year in and year out, Contend for the crown Of morning star and of evening star.
movie
▪ Will Hollywood movie stars leave all the on-screen action to their stunt men?
▪ He wasn't just an actor or even just a movie star.
▪ There was the disastrous decision to draft future movie star Brian Bosworth.
▪ Oh yes, and Hollywood, movie stars, freeways, Baywatch and smog.
▪ Walker had been consuming news space like a movie star in a fever of insecurity.
▪ This face belongs to a great movie star, although you don't know it yet.
▪ Flashbulbs fired like movie stars were coming.
neutron
▪ This is about a factor of 3 smaller than current best estimates of the neutron star radius.
▪ Despite such small size, a neutron star can contain as much mass as 500, 000 Earthsized planets.
▪ They were therefore called neutron stars.
▪ It is also too large a mass to be a neutron star.
▪ In this context, a neutron star is effectively a single atomic nucleus.
▪ It is highly relevant to ask what values have been measured for neutron star masses; do they fall in with expectation?
▪ In the standard formation model, millisecond pulsars are formed when a neutron star accretes matter from an evolving companion.
▪ Another such state is a neutron star.
■ VERB
become
▪ He's leaving, apparently, to become a pop star, and why not?
▪ She then became a star basketball player in high school, taking her team to the state championship.
▪ While others had comparatively modest ambitions, her heart was set on becoming a star.
▪ Only gradually did it dawn on me that I would never become a star.
▪ Fortunately for us both, Dulcie had become a star both in theatre and films.
▪ She went on to become a star of nightclubs, films and recordings.
▪ Zoe Nesbitt was a top class rider who dreamed of becoming an equestrian star.
▪ The rhythm Section became the stars.
rise
▪ Then, Stich was a rising star, a young man of boundless potential.
▪ She would have what every rising star needs: a cause.
▪ One of the 21st century's rising stars is in Tucson today to play the piano.
▪ If it is because of your stellar performance, perhaps the favoritism indicates that you are a rising star in the organization.
▪ At 39, Brian Sabean is clearly the rising star in the organization.
▪ He has been in politics, but there he was not a rising star, either.
▪ Has not the dollar become the rising star of global currency markets in 1996 and early 1997?
shoot
▪ Second, shooting stars are not stars.
▪ Sometimes, you could go out and see the headlights like shooting stars.
▪ Most burn up harmlessly, as shooting stars.
▪ Many see their first shooting star, and with that, drift off to never-never land.
▪ We are all familiar with shooting stars.
▪ I remember seeing shooting stars, and how bright they were.
▪ She sees a shooting star and is heartened by whatever hope it might portend, but before long she is crying again.
thank
▪ He was probably even now thanking his lucky stars for a narrow escape.
▪ The Bruins this morning are thanking their lucky stars for goaltender Bill Ranford.
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
be born under a lucky/unlucky star
give sb top/star billing
guiding light/hand/star
▪ And that is what Aeneas's young son did under the guiding hand of Alecto.
▪ Eddie was his hero, his guiding light.
▪ Father Peter, its guiding light, was also its provider of funds and sustenance.
▪ That will be the guiding light of the next Labour government.
▪ To followers, he is more than just a guiding light - he is the Messiah.
▪ Under Mr Yarrow's guiding hand, the reputation of the school was untarnished, these five long years.
play/star/appear etc opposite sb
reach for the stars
▪ Jungle Boy and City Girl reach for the stars but it can't last, can it?
▪ The Lord clearly despises the practice of reaching for the stars instead of turning to him.
thank your lucky stars
Thank your lucky stars the boy wasn't seriously hurt.
▪ He was probably even now thanking his lucky stars for a narrow escape.
▪ The Bruins this morning are thanking their lucky stars for goaltender Bill Ranford.
the Pole Star
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ 'Blair Witch' star Heather Donahue has landed a new role in a college reunion film called 'Seven and a Match'.
▪ After college, Weiss became a star in sports journalism.
▪ Eddie Murphy is one of the most successful stars in Hollywood.
▪ Former tennis star Bj"rn Borg also attended the reception.
▪ His first movie made him a star.
▪ Hollings' latest movie role could make her a big star.
▪ If he becomes a big TV star, we'll probably never hear from him again.
▪ James Caan was a big star in the '70s.
▪ John Cusack is one of my favourite movie stars.
▪ Peter Fonda is best known as the star of 'Easy Rider' and other 1960s biker films.
▪ She was once married to a well-known football star.
▪ Sonya's the class star.
▪ The stars are beautiful tonight.
▪ The flag's fifty stars represent the fifty states.
▪ They're all strong players, but Laura's undoubtedly the star of the team.
▪ Woodward continues to be the Post's star reporter.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ A., Aragon, much like a movie star, was mobbed wherever he went.
▪ Fenster rating: 3 out of 5 stars.
▪ If she had stayed, all would have been different; it wasn't in her stars to stay.
▪ Light and darkness, for example, are described before the sun, moon and stars.
▪ They know the law of gravity that rules planets and stars and the universe at large.
▪ When the dark edge of the satellite passed across a star, it dimmed briefly before the moment of eclipse.
▪ With the flash of a million stars exploding, his brain registered its outrage as he was viciously felled.
II.verb
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADVERB
also
▪ Besides producing, Moore also stars in one of the segments.
▪ Jackie Cooper also starred as her perplexed boyfriend.
▪ Shelley Winters also stars in this underrated thriller, tautly directed by Robert Wise.
as
▪ Meryl Streep and Jack Nicholson star as two journalists who fall in love with the help of spaghetti carbonara.
▪ Andy Garcia stars as Jimmy the Saint, so called because he studied for the cloth before becoming a hood.
in
▪ Bosses have yet to decide which show the family will star in, but Coronation Street and Emmerdale are favourites.
▪ But the 25-year-old flyer made the most of his come-back chance when he starred in last weekend's win at Derby.
■ NOUN
actor
▪ Man: Richard Burton apart, you starred with many leading actors - who has impressed you the most?
film
▪ Both later adapted it into a film, starring Tom Courtenay and Julie Christie, and a television series.
▪ He was partners in a company that made, and still distributes, corporate training films written and starring John Cleese.
▪ His story was told in Costa-Gavras's 1982 film Missing, which starred Jack Lemmon.
▪ There was an obliging clip from the awful-looking film Extreme Measures starring guest Hugh Grant.
▪ The film, starring Albert Finney, contains one of the most deliciously bawdy food seductions ever.
▪ But the colliery band played on-providing the story behind the critically acclaimed film Brassed Off starring Ewan MacGregor.
▪ The lake alone, focus of a new film starring Ted Danson, has a singular mystique.
movie
▪ It will be replaced by adventure movies starring Hollywood idols including Tom Cruise.
▪ The truth is, no other cemetery on the face of the earth has as many dead movie stars as Hollywood Memorial.
▪ In the movie Mark Wahlberg stars as Leo.
▪ Set in 1936, the movie stars Mikhalkov himself as a revered Bolshevik and Ingeborga Dapkounaite as his wife.
▪ Though movie stars and corporate moguls have run up prices in beach-front resorts recently, expect prices overall to stabilize.
▪ Name the movie series that starred Leslie Nielsen as Detective Drebin. 5.
▪ The 10-day festival is turning into a virtual showcase for movie stars making their debuts as filmmakers.
player
▪ Is there any other less well known, former Leeds players, starring for other clubs nowadays out there?
rock
▪ Interesting rock stars, uninspiring rock musicians.
role
▪ Shrimp takes a starring role on the menu at just about every restaurant in town.
▪ Carl Lumbly stars in the title role.
▪ In the rematch, the Packers may learn that Kevin Williams is more than willing to play a starring role.
▪ But the jitters and anxieties usually associated with a starring role in a new play are nowhere to be seen.
▪ I suggested to Miller how he could play a starring role.
s
▪ Although the 200 is her favorite, the 100 could lead to the birth of a new U. S. star.
series
▪ They claimed the first Tardis, as used in the 1963 series starring William Hartnell, collapsed 16 years ago.
▪ Name the movie series that starred Leslie Nielsen as Detective Drebin. 5.
▪ The tales of the vessel's outrageous life on the coastal trade became a highly-successful series starring Roddy McMillan and John Grieve.
show
▪ Bosses have yet to decide which show the family will star in, but Coronation Street and Emmerdale are favourites.
▪ The show stars hunky Kevin Sorbo as the son of Zeus.
■ VERB
rise
▪ Some, such as the CellNet, look like rising stars.
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
give sb top/star billing
guiding light/hand/star
▪ And that is what Aeneas's young son did under the guiding hand of Alecto.
▪ Eddie was his hero, his guiding light.
▪ Father Peter, its guiding light, was also its provider of funds and sustenance.
▪ That will be the guiding light of the next Labour government.
▪ To followers, he is more than just a guiding light - he is the Messiah.
▪ Under Mr Yarrow's guiding hand, the reputation of the school was untarnished, these five long years.
play/star/appear etc opposite sb
the Pole Star
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ Attenborough's 1987 "Cry Freedom" starred Denzel Washington.
▪ Danny Aiello stars in this comedy about New York's first big lottery winner.
▪ Director Jane Campion's latest film, which stars Kate Winslet and Harvey Keitel, was one of the highlights of the New York Film Festival.
▪ Hollywood heart-throb Keanu Reeves is set to star in a true story based on a newspaper article from the Times.
▪ Silverman also starred in "Brighton Beach Memoirs."
▪ The film stars Patricia Arquette and is directed by Steven Brill.
▪ The most important points have been starred.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Andy Vaughan starred for Wilmslow reaching an unbeaten 59 off only 42 deliveries.
▪ Doyle's explosive shot starred the side window.
▪ M.D. In sixty-four stage productions, so far - starring in twenty-six of them in London.
▪ Paul Winfield and Kevin Hooks also star.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Star

Star \Star\, v. i. To be bright, or attract attention, as a star; to shine like a star; to be brilliant or prominent; to play a part as a theatrical star.
--W. Irving.

Star

Star \Star\ (st[aum]r), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Starred (st[aum]rd); p. pr. & vb. n. Starring.] To set or adorn with stars, or bright, radiating bodies; to bespangle; as, a robe starred with gems. ``A sable curtain starred with gold.''
--Young.

Star

Star \Star\ (st[aum]r), n. [OE. sterre, AS. steorra; akin to OFries. stera, OS. sterro, D. ster, OHG. sterno, sterro, G. stern, Icel. stjarna, Sw. stjerna, Dan. stierne, Goth. sta['i]rn[=o], Armor. & Corn. steren, L. stella, Gr. 'asth`r, 'a`stron, Skr. star; perhaps from a root meaning, to scatter, Skr. st[.r], L. sternere (cf. Stratum), and originally applied to the stars as being strewn over the sky, or as being scatterers or spreaders of light. [root]296. Cf. Aster, Asteroid, Constellation, Disaster, Stellar.]

  1. One of the innumerable luminous bodies seen in the heavens; any heavenly body other than the sun, moon, comets, and nebul[ae].

    His eyen twinkled in his head aright, As do the stars in the frosty night.
    --Chaucer.

    Note: The stars are distinguished as planets, and fixed stars. See Planet, Fixed stars under Fixed, and Magnitude of a star under Magnitude.

  2. The polestar; the north star.
    --Shak.

  3. (Astrol.) A planet supposed to influence one's destiny; (usually pl.) a configuration of the planets, supposed to influence fortune.

    O malignant and ill-brooding stars.
    --Shak.

    Blesses his stars, and thinks it luxury.
    --Addison.

  4. That which resembles the figure of a star, as an ornament worn on the breast to indicate rank or honor.

    On whom . . . Lavish Honor showered all her stars.
    --Tennyson.

  5. Specifically, a radiated mark in writing or printing; an asterisk [thus, *]; -- used as a reference to a note, or to fill a blank where something is omitted, etc.

  6. (Pyrotechny) A composition of combustible matter used in the heading of rockets, in mines, etc., which, exploding in the air, presents a starlike appearance.

  7. A person of brilliant and attractive qualities, especially on public occasions, as a distinguished orator, a leading theatrical performer, etc. Note: Star is used in the formation of compound words generally of obvious signification; as, star-aspiring, star-bespangled, star-bestudded, star-blasting, star-bright, star-crowned, star-directed, star-eyed, star-headed, star-paved, star-roofed, star-sprinkled, star-wreathed. Blazing star, Double star, Multiple star, Shooting star, etc. See under Blazing, Double, etc. Nebulous star (Astron.), a small well-defined circular nebula, having a bright nucleus at its center like a star. Star anise (Bot.), any plant of the genus Illicium; -- so called from its star-shaped capsules. Star apple (Bot.), a tropical American tree ( Chrysophyllum Cainito), having a milky juice and oblong leaves with a silky-golden pubescence beneath. It bears an applelike fruit, the carpels of which present a starlike figure when cut across. The name is extended to the whole genus of about sixty species, and the natural order ( Sapotace[ae]) to which it belongs is called the Star-apple family. Star conner, one who cons, or studies, the stars; an astronomer or an astrologer. --Gascoigne. Star coral (Zo["o]l.), any one of numerous species of stony corals belonging to Astr[ae]a, Orbicella, and allied genera, in which the calicles are round or polygonal and contain conspicuous radiating septa. Star cucumber. (Bot.) See under Cucumber. Star flower. (Bot.)

    1. A plant of the genus Ornithogalum; star-of-Bethlehem.

    2. See Starwort (b) .

    3. An American plant of the genus Trientalis ( Trientalis Americana). --Gray. Star fort (Fort.), a fort surrounded on the exterior with projecting angles; -- whence the name. Star gauge (Ordnance), a long rod, with adjustable points projecting radially at its end, for measuring the size of different parts of the bore of a gun. Star grass. (Bot.)

      1. A small grasslike plant ( Hypoxis erecta) having star-shaped yellow flowers.

      2. The colicroot. See Colicroot.

        Star hyacinth (Bot.), a bulbous plant of the genus Scilla ( S. autumnalis); -- called also star-headed hyacinth.

        Star jelly (Bot.), any one of several gelatinous plants ( Nostoc commune, N. edule, etc.). See Nostoc.

        Star lizard. (Zo["o]l.) Same as Stellion.

        Star-of-Bethlehem (Bot.), a bulbous liliaceous plant ( Ornithogalum umbellatum) having a small white starlike flower.

        Star-of-the-earth (Bot.), a plant of the genus P ( Plantago coronopus), growing upon the seashore.

        Star polygon (Geom.), a polygon whose sides cut each other so as to form a star-shaped figure.

        Stars and Stripes, a popular name for the flag of the United States, which consists of thirteen horizontal stripes, alternately red and white, and a union having, in a blue field, white stars to represent the several States, one for each.

        With the old flag, the true American flag, the Eagle, and the Stars and Stripes, waving over the chamber in which we sit.
        --D. Webster.

        Star showers. See Shooting star, under Shooting.

        Star thistle (Bot.), an annual composite plant ( Centaurea solstitialis) having the involucre armed with stout radiating spines.

        Star wheel (Mach.), a star-shaped disk, used as a kind of ratchet wheel, in repeating watches and the feed motions of some machines.

        Star worm (Zo["o]l.), a gephyrean.

        Temporary star (Astron.), a star which appears suddenly, shines for a period, and then nearly or quite disappears. These stars were supposed by some astronomers to be variable stars of long and undetermined periods. More recently, variations star in start intensity are classified more specifically, and this term is now obsolescent. See also nova. [Obsolescent]

        Variable star (Astron.), a star whose brilliancy varies periodically, generally with regularity, but sometimes irregularly; -- called periodical star when its changes occur at fixed periods.

        Water star grass (Bot.), an aquatic plant ( Schollera graminea) with small yellow starlike blossoms.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
star

Old English steorra "star," from Proto-Germanic *sterron, *sternon (cognates: Old Saxon sterro, Old Frisian stera, Dutch ster, Old High German sterro, German Stern, Old Norse stjarna, Swedish stjerna, Danish stierne, Gothic stairno).\n

\nThis is from PIE *ster- (2) "star" (cognates: Sanskrit star-, Hittite shittar, Greek aster, astron, Latin stella, Breton sterenn, Welsh seren "star"), of uncertain connection to other roots. Some suggest it is from a root meaning "to strew, scatter." Buck and others doubt the old suggestion that it is a borrowing from Akkadian istar "venus." The source of the common Balto-Slavic word for "star" (Lithuanian žvaigžde, Old Church Slavonic zvezda, Polish gwiazda, Russian zvezda) is not explained.\n

\nAstrological sense of "influence of planets and zodiac on human affairs" is recorded from mid-13c., hence "person's fate as figured in the stars" (c.1600); star-crossed "ill-fated" is from "Romeo and Juliet" (1592). Meaning "lead performer" is from 1824; star turn is from 1898. Stars as a ranking of quality for hotels, restaurants, etc. are attested from 1886, originally in Baedecker guides. Sticker stars as rewards for good students are recorded from 1970s. Brass star as a police badge is recorded from 1859 (New York City). Star-cluster is from 1870. To see stars when one is hit hard on the head is from 1839.

star

1590s, "to affix a star or asterisk to," from star (n.). From 1718 as "to set with stars." Meaning "perform the lead part" (of actors, singers, etc.) is from 1824. Sporting sense is from 1916. Related: Starred; starring.

Wiktionary
star

n. 1 Any small luminous dot appearing in the cloudless portion of the night sky, especially with a fixed location relative to other such dots. 2 (context star English) A luminous celestial body, made up of plasma (particularly hydrogen and helium) and having a spherical shape. Depending on context the sun may or may not be included. 3 (context geometry English) A concave polygon with regular, pointy protrusions and indentations, generally with five or six points. 4 (context acting English) An actor in a leading role. 5 An exceptionally talented or famous person, often in a specific field; a celebrity. 6 (context printing English) An asterisk (*). 7 A symbol used to rate hotels, films, etc. with a higher number of stars denoting better quality. 8 A simple dance, or part of a dance, where a group of four dancers each put their right or left hand in the middle and turn around in a circle. You call them right-hand stars or left-hand stars, depending on the hand which is in the middle. 9 (context astrology English) A planet supposed to influence one's destiny. vb. 1 To appear as a featured performer or headliner, especially in an entertainment program. 2 To mark with a star or asterisk. 3 To set or adorn with stars, or bright, radiating bodies; to bespangle.

WordNet
star
  1. adj. indicating the most important performer or role; "the leading man"; "prima ballerina"; "prima donna"; "a star figure skater"; "the starring role"; "a stellar role"; "a stellar performance" [syn: leading(p), prima(p), star(p), starring(p), stellar(a)]

  2. [also: starring, starred]

star
  1. n. (astronomy) a celestial body of hot gases that radiates energy derived from thermonuclear reactions in the interior

  2. someone who is dazzlingly skilled in any field [syn: ace, adept, champion, sensation, maven, mavin, virtuoso, genius, hotshot, superstar, whiz, whizz, wizard, wiz]

  3. any celestial body visible (as a point of light) from the Earth at night

  4. a plane figure with 5 or more points; often used as an emblem

  5. an actor who plays a principal role [syn: principal, lead]

  6. a performer who receives prominent billing [syn: headliner]

  7. a star-shaped character * used in printing [syn: asterisk]

  8. the topology of a network whose components are connected to a hub [syn: star topology]

  9. [also: starring, starred]

star
  1. v. feature as the star; "The movie stars Dustin Hoffman as an autistic man"

  2. be the star in a performance

  3. mark with an asterisk; "Linguists star unacceptable sentences" [syn: asterisk]

  4. [also: starring, starred]

Gazetteer
Star, NC -- U.S. town in North Carolina
Population (2000): 807
Housing Units (2000): 364
Land area (2000): 1.210944 sq. miles (3.136330 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 1.210944 sq. miles (3.136330 sq. km)
FIPS code: 64580
Located within: North Carolina (NC), FIPS 37
Location: 35.398366 N, 79.783280 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 27356
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Headwords:
Star, NC
Star
Star, ID -- U.S. city in Idaho
Population (2000): 1795
Housing Units (2000): 681
Land area (2000): 0.857813 sq. miles (2.221725 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 0.857813 sq. miles (2.221725 sq. km)
FIPS code: 76870
Located within: Idaho (ID), FIPS 16
Location: 43.694084 N, 116.490225 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 83669
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
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Wikipedia
Star (disambiguation)

A star is a luminous cosmic body.

Star, Stars or The Star may also refer to:

Star (classification)

Stars are often used as symbols for classification purposes. They are used by reviewers for ranking things such as films, TV shows, restaurants, and hotels. For example, a system of one to five stars is commonly employed to categorize hotels, with five stars being the highest quality.

Star (heraldry)

In heraldry, the term star may refer to any star-shaped charge with any number of rays, which may appear straight or wavy, and may or may not be pierced. While there has been much confusion between the two due to their similar shape, a star with straight-sided rays is usually called a mullet while one with wavy rays is usually called an estoile.

While a mullet may have any number of points, it is presumed to have five unless otherwise specified in the blazon, and pierced mullets are common; estoiles, however, are presumed to have six rays and (as of 1909) had not been found pierced. In Scottish heraldry, an estoile is the same as in English heraldry, but it has been said that mullet refers only to a mullet pierced (also called a spur revel), while one that is not pierced is called a star.

Star (game theory)

In combinatorial game theory, star, written as  *  or  * 1, is the value given to the game where both players have only the option of moving to the zero game. Star may also be denoted as the surreal form{0|0}. This game is an unconditional first-player win.

Star, as defined by John Conway in Winning Ways for your Mathematical Plays, is a value, but not a number in the traditional sense. Star is not zero, but neither positive nor negative, and is therefore said to be fuzzy and confused with (a fourth alternative that means neither "less than", "equal to", nor "greater than") 0. It is less than all positive rational numbers, and greater than all negative rationals. Since the rationals are dense in the reals, this also makes * greater than any negative real, and less than any positive real.

Games other than {0 | 0} may have value *. For example, the game  * 2 +  * 3, where the values are nimbers, has value * despite each player having more options than simply moving to 0.

Star (keelboat)

The Star is a one-design racing keelboat for two people designed by Francis Sweisguth in 1910. The Star was the primary Olympic class keelboat from 1932 through 2012 (the last year for the event). It is now the primary class for the Star Sailors League circuit.

It is sloop-rigged, with a mainsail larger in proportional size than any other boat of its length. Unlike most modern racing boats, it does not use a spinnaker when sailing downwind. Instead, when running downwind a whisker pole is used to hold the jib out to windward for correct wind flow. Early Stars were built from wood, but modern boats are generally made of fiberglass. The boat must weigh at least with a maximum total sail area of . The Star class pioneered an unusual circular boom vang track, which allows the vang to effectively hold the boom down even when the boom is turned far outboard on a downwind run. Another notable aspect of Star sailing is the extreme hiking position adopted by the crew and at times the helmsman, who normally use a harness to help hang low off the windward side of the boat with only their lower legs inside.

STAR (Greater China)

Satellite Television Asia Region (STAR) is an Asian television service owned by China Media Capital. It is headquartered in Hong Kong, with regional offices in mainland China, Taiwan and India.

According to the STAR website, their service has more than 300 million viewers in 53 countries and is watched by approximately 120 million viewers every day.

Star (glyph)

In typography, a star is any of several glyphs with a number of points arrayed within an imaginary circle.

Star (automobile)
This article is about the American automobile. To see the article on the British Star Car Company, go to Star Motor Company. For the Italian automobile manufacturer S.T.A.R. (known as 'Rapid') see: Società Torinese Automobili Rapid.

The Star was an automobile marque that was assembled by the Durant Motors Company between 1922 and 1928. Also known as the Star Car, Star was envisioned as a competitor against the Ford Model T. (In the United Kingdom, it was sold as the Rugby, to avoid confusion with the British marque.)

Star (magazine)

Star is an American celebrity tabloid magazine founded in 1974.

Star (football badge)

In association football, some national and club sides include one or more stars as part of (or beside) the badge (often referred to as a " crest") appearing on their shirt, to represent important trophies the team has previously won. Often this is a unilateral decision by a team itself, rather than a specific privilege earned or sanctioned by any governing body and as such, the relevance of these stars on a club's shirt is somewhat tenuous.

STAR (interbank network)

STAR is an interbank network and EFTPOS network in the United States. It is the largest American interbank network, with 2 million ATMs, 134 million cardholders and over 5,700 participating financial institutions. The STAR Network began in 1984 and was acquired by First Data Corporation in 2003. The network is owned and operated by STAR Networks, a subsidiary company of First Data.

Star (Bryan Adams song)

"Star" is a song co-written and recorded by Canadian rock artist Bryan Adams. It was released in November 1996 as the third single from the album, 18 til I Die. It was the theme song for the 1996 film Jack starring Robin Williams.

Star (guitar)

The star is an avant-garde body shape of solid body electric guitar, particularly favoured for heavy metal music. It blends some features of the Flying V and Gibson Explorer, both of them much older designs.

Star (board game)

Star is a two-player abstract strategy board game developed by Craige Schensted (now Ea Ea). It was first published in 1983 in Games magazine. It is connection game, related to games such as Hex, Y, Havannah, and TwixT. Unlike these games, however, the result is based on a player having a higher final score rather than achieving a specific goal. He has since developed a slightly more complicated version called *Star with better balance between edge and center moves, writing "*Star is what those other games wanted to be."

Star (Belly album)

Star is the debut album by the American band Belly. It was released in 1993 and was an unexpected success, going Gold in the USA. The single " Feed the Tree" became a #1 Modern Rock hit, and the album was nominated for two Grammy Awards. "Slow Dog" peaked at #17 on the Modern Rock chart in the summer of 1993, while "Gepetto" peaked at #8 in the late fall/winter of 1993.

The album and group received two Grammy nominations in 1994 for Best Alternative Album and Best New Artist. The music video for "Feed The Tree" was a smash buzz bin MTV hit, and was nominated for Best Alternative Video VMA and Best New Artist VMA in 1993. Follow up videos for "Slow Dog" and "Gepetto" didn't have the same cross-over success, but were popular on Alternative and Rock segments and outlets of MTV and VH1.

"Feed the Tree" also became a surprise pop hit peaking at #95 on the U.S Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in the late spring of 1993. Before breaking into the Hot 100 it was a chart topper on the Billboard Bubbling Under The Hot 100 singles for 6 weeks. While "Gepetto" did not match the success of "Feed The Tree" it charted on the Billboard Bubbling Under The Hot 100 Singles for 5 weeks in the late fall/winter of 1993 becoming a modest Pop hit and a signature song.

"Angel" is not a rerecording of the song of the same name that Tanya Donelly wrote with Throwing Muses for their 1989 album Hunkpapa.

U.S sales of "Star" slightly exceeded 800,000 copies, though never being certified Platinum by the RIAA.

STAR (software)

STAR Reading, STAR Early Literacy and STAR Math are standardized, computer-adaptive assessments created by Renaissance Learning, Inc., for use in K-12 education. Each is a " Tier 2" assessment of a skill (reading practice, math practice, and early literacy, respectively) that can be used any number of times due to item-bank technology. These assessments fall somewhere between progress monitoring tools (" Tier 1") and high-stakes tests.

Star (Erasure song)

"Star" is a song by Erasure, released in 1990 as the fourth European (and third American) single from the group's fourth studio album Wild!.

A straightforward dance music track with disco elements, "Star" was written by Erasure members Vince Clarke and Andy Bell, its lyrical content clearly referencing nuclear war; Erasure's own form of protest song. When released as a single, the track was remixed slightly for radio, bringing acoustic guitar elements and various background vocal parts forward in the mix.

The last single released from Wild!, "Star" became Erasure's twelfth consecutive Top 20 hit on the UK singles chart, peaking at number eleven, and in Germany it peaked at number twenty-three. In the United States, "Star" did not enter the Billboard Hot 100, although it became a popular club hit, climbing to number four on the U.S. Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart.

Star (2001 film)

Star is a 2001 Tamil action film directed by Praveen Gandhi and produced by Vijaykrishna. The film stars Prashanth and Jyothika in the lead roles while Raghuvaran, Vijayakumar, and Praveen Gandhi play other pivotal roles. The film's score and soundtrack are composed by A.R. Rahman, while the film is edited by M. N. Rajan. The film opened to poor reviews and performed below average at the box office in July 2001.

Star (702 album)

Star is the third and final studio album from American R&B group 702, released March 25, 2003 by Motown.

The album peaked at number forty-five on the Billboard 200 chart. and is mostly remembered for its cult classic single "I Still Love You".

Star (Chinese constellation)

The Star mansion (星宿, pinyin: Xīng Xiù) is one of the Twenty-eight mansions of the Chinese constellations. It is one of the southern mansions of the Vermilion Bird.

Star (Murk album)

Star is the second album by Murk, also known as Funky Green Dogs. It was released in early 1999 on the label TWISTED America/MCA Records. With the introduction of new vocalist, Tamara Wallace, she brings new life and charisma to Murk's songs, making it much more satisfying LP overall. Includes the two major Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart hits, "Body" and "Can't Help It." Standout album tracks include "Won't Stop Loving You," "Keep Walking," and "Discotek."

Star (newspaper)

Star or The Star is the name of various newspapers:

Star (Kevin Ayers song)

"Star" was the second Kevin Ayers single issued to promote his 1976 album, Yes We Have No Mañanas (So Get Your Mañanas Today). Both songs were featured on the LP. Ayers would not release another single in the UK for three years.

Star (Stellar song)

"Star" is New Zealand band Stellar's ninth single, and their third single from their second album Magic Line. This single is the last of the band's to have a physical release. The single, though charting for five weeks would only reach a position of #40. The single featured two B-sides, the Sub Mariner Remix of Taken, as well as the new B-side We Go Out. This song would later be featured on the soundtrack to the New Zealand horror film The Locals in 2003. Furthermore. after five minutes of silence the single would feature some bonus material. The first bonus sound clip was of the song We Go Out being read by a speech synthesiser and the other being a short James Bond take-of, where Andrew Maclaren played the role of James Bond and Kurt Shanks the speaking role of Miss Moneypenny.

STAR (student association)

STAR (Study Association Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University) is a student association for business administration students of the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University at the Erasmus University Rotterdam based in Rotterdam, Netherlands. STAR was founded in 1977 and currently has 5,500 members, of which 1,000 members are international. STAR has 32 committees and 9 Master Study Clubs and an annual revenue of €1.5 million. The 3 values held by STAR are Development, Commitment, Experience.

Well-known events organized by STAR include their anniversary celebration, the STAR Party. This festivity is a student-organized party in the Netherlands and attracts thousands of students, peaking at 4,850 visitors in 2007. Another notable event is their annual Academic Conference, where distinguished academic, business, and political leaders discuss current global issues. The STAR Party and the Academic Conference are part of the STAR Management Week. This weeklong event is considered as an interface between students, academia, and their corporate network.

Other events organized by STAR include the Erasmus Recruitment Days and the International Business Study. The Erasmus Recruitment Days, co-organized by STAR and the EFR, is the largest campus recruitment event in the Netherlands. In 2007 there were approximately 1500 participating students and more than 120 companies present. The International Business Study (IBS) offers companies and non-profit organizations tailor-made contract research in an emerging market country every year.

From September 2007 to July 2008, the association is celebrating its 30th anniversary. For this occasion the association has redesigned its house style with a new, temporary, logo and also additional events throughout the year. This Pearl Anniversary, which is effectively their 6th lustrum, is mainly focused at celebrative events to underscore their presence at campus and its importance among students and members.

Not to be confused with the student political group STAR (Student Team Against Reforms), which is active at the University of Western Australia in Perth, Western Australia.

Star (1982 film)

Star is a 1982, Indian Bollywood movie, directed by Vinod Pande, starring Kumar Gaurav, Rati Agnihotri, Raj Kiran, Saeed Jaffrey, A.K. Hangal, Dina Pathak and Padmini Kolhapure.

It had a very successful soundtrack released as Star/Boom Boom, produced by Biddu and sung by Nazia Hassan and Zoheb Hassan.

Nazia & Zoheb were offered the chance to act in this movie by Biddu, but they refused to act and chose singing.

Star (Extreme song)

"Star" was the first single off Extreme's fifth studio album Saudades de Rock. It was the band's first single after the reunion of the band in 2007 after a thirteen-year hiatus. The song was first released to the band's Myspace page and then on a single promo CD.

The song features a return to the band's classic hard rock style from their first three albums, before the departure to a more grunge driven music. The song has a very upbeat funk metal riff from guitarist Nuno Bettencourt and harmony vocals done by Bettencourt and Cherone in the chorus.

The single features two versions of the song "Ghost" (also from the new album) as a B-side.

Star (Mika Nakashima album)

Star is Mika Nakashima's 11th album (sixth studio release); it was released on October 27, 2010 in both CD only and CD+DVD formats. This album, which peaked at #3 on the Oricon 200 Album Chart, sold only 92,962 copies in its first week. Its sales total later rose to 155,457 copies, 4 weeks after its release. However, this sales figure was still lower than the debut sale of her previous studio album, Voice. To date, the album has sold over 180,000 copies in Japan alone.

StAR (Jan Garbarek album)

StAR is an album by Norwegian saxophonist Jan Garbarek, featuring Miroslav Vitous and Peter Erskine, released on the ECM label in 1991.

Star (Earth, Wind & Fire song)

"Star" is a single by the R&B/ funk band Earth, Wind & Fire, released in 1979 from their studio album I Am. The song was written by Allee Willis, Eduardo Del Barrio and the bandleader Maurice White. "Star" rose to 64 on the US Hot 100 chart, 47 on the US R&B chart and 16 on the UK Singles chart.

Star (dog)

Star is a mixed-breed female pit bull who was shot by the New York City Police Department in 2012 while she was protecting her homeless owner who was in the midst of a seizure. Star's shooting was captured on video, and went viral, leading to controversies over police handling of companion dogs.

Star (Ceylon)

The Star was an English language daily evening newspaper in Ceylon published by Independent Newspapers Limited, part of M. D. Gunasena & Company. It was founded on 1967 and was published from Colombo. In 1967 it had an average net sales of 4,000.

Star (graph theory)

In graph theory, a star S is the complete bipartite graphK: a tree with one internal node and k leaves (but, no internal nodes and k + 1 leaves when k ≤ 1). Alternatively, some authors define S to be the tree of orderk with maximum diameter 2; in which case a star of k > 2 has k − 1 leaves.

A star with 3 edges is called a claw.

The star S is edge-graceful when k is even and not when k is odd. It is an edge-transitive matchstick graph, and has diameter 2 (when k > 1), girth ∞ (it has no cycles), chromatic indexk, and chromatic number 2 (when k > 0). Additionally, the star has large automorphism group, namely, the symmetric group on k letters.

Stars may also be described as the only connected graphs in which at most one vertex has degree greater than one.

Star (Milky album)

Star is a 2002 studio album by the techno/ house/ electronic production group known as Milky.

The first track on this album is “ Just The Way You Are,” With its American release, “Just The Way You Are” hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Airplay Monitor Dance Chart. Milky’s second single, “In My Mind,” with vocals by Giuditta, is a track which has a combination of trumpets, Italian guitars and steel drums, forming a backdrop for Giuditta’s romantic declaration to her new lover. The third single is “Be My World”. Many songs in this album have clear rhythmic and melodic influences from Bossa nova. Artists such as Atomic Kitten, DJ Sammy and Kaci have requested to have Milky remixes of their songs.

Star (Turkish newspaper)

Star (Star Gazetesi) is a high-circulation Turkish newspaper. It was established in 1999 by Star Media Group, drawing on the brand of the group's Star TV channel.

In 2004 Star was seized by the Turkish government, along with the other assets of the Uzan Group (which owned the Star Media Group). The paper was transferred to the TMSF, and then sold to Ali Özmen Safa in 2006. Ethem Sancak became the sole owner in 2008, having previously become a part-owner with Safa and Hasan Doğan. It is now again part of the Star Media Group, which was acquired by Fettah Tamince and Tevhit Karakaya in 2009/10.

Star's columnists include Şamil Tayyar.

Star (2016 TV series)

Star is an upcoming American musical drama television series created by Lee Daniels and Tom Donaghy for Fox. It revolves around three talented young singers (played by Jude Demorest, Ryan Destiny and Brittany O’Grady) who navigate the music business on their road to success. The series, which is set in Atlanta, will consist of original music, along with musical fantasy sequences, as dreams of the future. Thirteen episodes has been ordered, which will premiere during the 2016–2017 television season. Queen Latifah, Benjamin Bratt and Nicholas Gonzalez co-star.

Usage examples of "star".

Rear Admiral Henry, ablaze with gold braid, battle ribbons, and stars.

The belly shimmered and disappeared, and through it Alexander could see a large room with a vaulted window, opening on to a night-dark sky ablaze with stars.

But your far song, my faint one, what are they, And what their dance and faery thoughts and ours, Or night abloom with splendid stars and pale?

I was staring up at the stars, thinking of the Gibson and McIlroy and that abo walking out alive, trying to picture what had really happened, my thoughts ranging and the truth elusive.

He could feel the points abrading his skin and saw stars for a moment behind his closed lids.

While they worked, Lukien leaned against the wagon, absently watching the stars appear.

The wizard had drawn a seven-pointed star in lime-wash on a slab that had been part of the abutments of the Old Kingdom bridge.

The Pleiades were all abuzz over the advent of their visiting star, Miss Frances Homer, the celebrated monologuist, who, at Eaton Auditorium, again presented her Women of Destiny series, in which she portrays women of history and the influence they brought to bear upon the lives of such momentous world figures as Napoleon, Ferdinand of Spain, Horatio Nelson and Shakespeare.

Pael, our tame Academician, had identified it as a fortress star from some kind of strangeness in its light.

But they had come in on the space drive, and had gotten fairly close before the gravitational field had drained the power from the main coil, and it was not until the space field had broken that they had started to accelerate toward the star.

For instance, as dust and gas from the outer layers of nearby ordinary stars fall toward the event horizon of a black hole, they are accelerated to nearly the speed of light.

The werewolf to the left of Adeem ducked and the star flew by him, hitting Adeem in the shoulder.

So after you have read Metamorphosis, if you are curious about the story of Tasha Yar and Darryl Adin, referred to here, you may decide to seek out Survivors, available wherever Star Trek books are sold.

In the lounge, Data spotted Darryl Adin sitting alone at a table near the viewports, looking out at the stars.

To think how when I find this lucky star, And stand beneath it, like the Wise of old, I shall mount upward on a golden car, Girt round with glory unto worlds afar, While Earth amazed the wonder shall behold, That bears me unto happiness untold!