Big Dipper


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Big Dipper

n.
A cluster of seven stars in the constellation Ursa Major, four forming the bowl and three the handle of a dipper-shaped configuration. Also called Charles's Wain, Plow.

big dipper

n
(in amusement parks) a narrow railway with open carriages that run swiftly over a route of sharp curves and steep inclines. Also called: roller coaster

Big Dipper

n
(Astronomy) the US and Canadian name for Plough

Big′ Dip′per


n.
the group of seven bright stars in Ursa Major resembling a dipper in outline.
[1865–70]

Big Dipper

A group of seven stars in the constellation Ursa Major. Four stars form the bowl and three form the handle in the outline of a dipper.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Big Dipper - a group of seven bright stars in the constellation Ursa MajorBig Dipper - a group of seven bright stars in the constellation Ursa Major
Great Bear, Ursa Major - a constellation outside the zodiac that rotates around the North Star
2.Big Dipper - elevated railway in an amusement park (usually with sharp curves and steep inclines)big dipper - elevated railway in an amusement park (usually with sharp curves and steep inclines)
elevated, elevated railroad, elevated railway, overhead railway, el - a railway that is powered by electricity and that runs on a track that is raised above the street level
hypercoaster - a roller coaster that goes up 200 feet or higher and can catapult riders from 0 to 70 mph in 4 seconds by motors originally designed to launch rockets
ride - a mechanical device that you ride for amusement or excitement
Translations

big dipper

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