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star

 (stär)
n.
1.
a. A celestial body that generates light and other radiant energy and consists of a mass of gas held together by its own gravity in which the energy generated by nuclear reactions in the interior is balanced by the outflow of energy to the surface, and the inward-directed gravitational forces are balanced by the outward-directed gas and radiation pressures.
b. Any of the celestial bodies visible at night from Earth as relatively stationary, usually twinkling points of light.
c. Something regarded as resembling such a celestial body.
2. A graphic design having five or more radiating points, often used as a symbol of rank or merit.
3.
a. An artistic performer or athlete whose leading role or superior performance is acknowledged.
b. One who is highly celebrated in a field or profession.
4.
a. An asterisk (*).
b. The star key on a telephone: For customer service, press star.
5. A white spot on the forehead of a horse.
6. A planet or constellation of the zodiac believed in astrology to influence personal destiny.
7. stars The future; destiny. Often used with the.
adj.
1. Outstanding or famous, especially in performing something: a star researcher; a star figure skater.
2. Of or relating to a star or stars.
v. starred, star·ring, stars
v.tr.
1.
a. To ornament with stars.
b. To award or mark with a star for excellence.
2. To mark with an asterisk.
3. To present or feature (a performer) in a leading role.
v.intr.
1. To play the leading role in a theatrical or film production.
2. To do an outstanding job; perform excellently.
Idioms:
have stars in (one's) eyes
To be dazzled or enraptured, as with romantic love.
see stars
To experience bright, flashing sensations, as from a blow to the head.

[Middle English sterre, from Old English steorra; see ster-3 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]

Stars

 
  1. The dipper burned like a strand of diamonds on a sable cloak —Joseph Wambaugh
  2. The divisions between the rings [of Saturn] are furrows in which the satellites rotate … like sheepdogs running around the flock to keep it compact —Italo Calvino
  3. The evening star flickered like a lamp just lit —Willa Cather
  4. In the dark vault of the sky, the stars hung like muted dots of leaden silver —Heinrich Böll

    This lovely simile is the first sentence of Böll’s short story, The Ration Runners.

  5. Jupiter displays two equatorial stripes like a scarf decorated with interwoven embroideries —Italo Calvino
  6. A lovely star … large as the full moon —Jaroslav Seifert
  7. The Milky Way stands out so clearly that it looks as if it had been polished and rubbed over for the holidays —Anton Chekhov
  8. A star as bright as day —Anon Christmas ballad, probably dating to Middle Ages
  9. Starlight fell like rain —F. Scott Fitzgerald
  10. Stars are dropping thick as stones —Sylvia Plath
  11. (Tonight) the stars are like a crowd of faces moving round the sky —Wallace Stevens
  12. The stars burned steadily, like the lights of far-off ships —Marjory Stoneman Douglas
  13. The stars clung like snow crystals in the black sky —Ross Macdonald
  14. Stars … cold, like pieces of ice —Paige Mitchell
  15. Stars … dissolved like bubbles —Katherine Mansfield

    The simile in full context: “In the sky some tiny stars floated for a moment and then they were gone —they were dissolved like bubbles.”

    See Also: DISINTEGRATION

  16. Stars gleamed and winked like searching fireflies —Robert Traver
  17. Stars … huge, like daisies —May Sarton
  18. Stars large as asters —Mary Stewart
  19. Stars … like countless diamond lamps —Hans Christian Andersen
  20. (At night) stars rise like the bubbles of the drowned —Yehuda Amichai
  21. The stars seemed to look down like a thousand winking eyes —William Humphrey
  22. The stars which at midnight looked like a spillway of broken pearls, did not shine at this hour; they were holes of light, like eye squints in black masks —Paul Theroux
  23. Twinkle, twinkle, little star how I wonder what you are, up above the world so high, like a diamond in the sky —Anne Taylor
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He received no stars or bars, but he deserved them, for he cheerfully risked all he had, and life and love are very precious when both are in full bloom.
Later when he drove back home and when night came on and the stars came out it was harder to get back the old feeling of a close and personal God who lived in the sky overhead and who might at any moment reach out his hand, touch him on the shoulder, and appoint for him some heroic task to be done.
No reply came, and then, seeing by the light of the stars a dark form moving in front of the tent occupied by himself and Ned, Tom fired.
We burrowed down in the straw and curled up close together, watching the angry red die out of the west and the stars begin to shine in the clear, windy sky.
But the voices were not soothing that came to her from the darkness and the sky above and the stars.
His vision became more acute as the shades of evening settled on the place; and even after the stars were glimmering above his head, he was able to distinguish the recumbent forms of his companions, as they lay stretched on the grass, and to note the person of Chingachgook, who sat upright and motionless as one of the trees which formed the dark barrier on every side.
And we view Kentucke situated on the fertile banks of the great Ohio, rising from obscurity to shine with splendor, equal to any other of the stars of the American hemisphere.
In the first place, my coadjutors were not invariably old; there were men among them in their strength and prime, of marked ability and energy, and altogether superior to the sluggish and dependent mode of life on which their evil stars had cast them.
The whole neighborhood abounds with local tales, haunted spots, and twilight superstitions; stars shoot and meteors glare oftener across the valley than in any other part of the country, and the nightmare, with her whole ninefold, seems to make it the favorite scene of her gambols.
The shock, in truth, had sunk into me still deeper than I knew on the night when, looking out to see either Quint or Miss Jessel under the stars, I had beheld the boy over whose rest I watched and who had immediately brought in with him-- had straightway, there, turned it on me--the lovely upward look with which, from the battlements above me, the hideous apparition of Quint had played.
Nor can piety itself, at such a shameful sight, completely stifle her upbraidings against the permitting stars.
We got out as fast as we could into the broad quiet market-place; the stars were shining, and except the noise behind us, all was still.