Polaris

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Po·lar·is

 (pə-lăr′ĭs)
n.
A star located at the end of the handle of the Little Dipper, in the constellation Ursa Minor, approximately 408 light years from Earth, and almost at the north celestial pole. Also called North Star, polar star, polestar.

[New Latin (Stēlla) Polāris, polar (star), from Latin polus, pole; see pole1.]

Polaris

(pəˈlɑːrɪs)
n
1. (Celestial Objects) Also called: the Pole Star or the North Star the brightest star in the constellation Ursa Minor, situated slightly less than 1° from the north celestial pole. It is a Cepheid variable, with a period of four days. Visual magnitude: 2.08–2.17; spectral type: F8Ib
2. (Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery)
a. a type of US two-stage intermediate-range ballistic missile, usually fired by a submerged submarine
b. (as modifier): a Polaris submarine.
[shortened from Medieval Latin stella polāris polar star]

Po•lar•is

(poʊˈlɛər ɪs, -ˈlær-, pə-)

n.
the polestar or North Star, a star of the second magnitude situated close to the north pole of the heavens, in the constellation Ursa Minor: the outermost star in the handle of the Little Dipper.
[1955–60; short for Medieval Latin stella polāris polar star]

Po·lar·is

(pə-lăr′ĭs)
A bright star at the end of the handle of the Little Dipper and almost at the north celestial pole. Also called North Star.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Polaris - the brightest star in Ursa MinorPolaris - the brightest star in Ursa Minor; at the end of the handle of the Little Dipper; the northern axis of the earth points toward it
Little Bear, Ursa Minor - a constellation outside the zodiac that rotates around the North Star
Little Dipper, Dipper - a cluster of seven stars in Ursa Minor; at the end of the dipper's handle is Polaris
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Depend upon't, they keep just in front o't all the way from the North Star.
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