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as·ter·isk

 (ăs′tə-rĭsk′)
n.
1. A star-shaped figure (*) used chiefly to indicate an omission, a reference to a footnote, or an unattested word, sound, or affix.
2. Mathematics A symbol used to indicate multiplication, as in 2 * 3 = 6.
tr.v. as·ter·isked, as·ter·isk·ing, as·ter·isks
To mark with an asterisk.

[Middle English, from Late Latin asteriscus, from Greek asteriskos, diminutive of astēr, star; see ster- in Indo-European roots.]
Usage Note: The phonological phenomenon of metathesis involves the transposition of sounds or syllables in a word. Metathesis is responsible for the common rendering of ask as aks or ax. (This issue is discussed comprehensively at ax.) Similarly, one sometimes hears asterisk pronounced with the "sk" transposed to produce a (ks) sound, as though the word were spelled asterix or astericks. Then, perhaps because this symbol is often written as one of a series (as ***, for example), some people apparently infer that astericks is the plural of a singular asterick, pronounced with just a final (k) sound. In 2014, the Usage Panel overwhelmingly preferred the traditional pronunciation for asterisk, although 24 percent found the asterix pronunciation acceptable and 19 percent found asterick acceptable. A mere 7 percent personally preferred the asterix pronunciation, and only 6 percent preferred the asterick one. See Usage Note at ax2.

asterisk

(ˈæstərɪsk)
n
1. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) a star-shaped character (*) used in printing or writing to indicate a cross-reference to a footnote, an omission, etc
2. (Linguistics)
a. (in historical linguistics) this sign used to indicate an unattested reconstructed form
b. (in descriptive linguistics) this sign used to indicate that an expression is ungrammatical or in some other way unacceptable
vb
(Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) (tr) to mark with an asterisk
[C17: from Late Latin asteriscus a small star, from Greek asteriskos, from astēr star]

as•ter•isk

(ˈæs tə rɪsk)

n.
1. a small starlike symbol (*), used in writing and printing as a reference mark or to indicate omission, doubtful matter, etc.
2. this symbol used in linguistics to mark an ungrammatical or otherwise unacceptable utterance.
v.t.
3. to mark with an asterisk.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin asteriscus < Greek asterískos, diminutive of astḗr star]
pron: While the final syllable of asterisk is usu. pronounced (-rɪsk) with the (s) preceding the (k), a metathesized pronunciation of the word, in which the (s) and (k) change places to produce (ˈæs tə rɪks) is also heard. This pronunciation is sometimes falsely analyzed as a plural, with a corresponding singular (ˈæs tə rɪk) Both (ˈæs tə rɪks) and (ˈæs tə rɪk) although occasionally heard among educated speakers, are considered nonstandard pronunciations.

asterisk


Past participle: asterisked
Gerund: asterisking

Imperative
asterisk
asterisk
Present
I asterisk
you asterisk
he/she/it asterisks
we asterisk
you asterisk
they asterisk
Preterite
I asterisked
you asterisked
he/she/it asterisked
we asterisked
you asterisked
they asterisked
Present Continuous
I am asterisking
you are asterisking
he/she/it is asterisking
we are asterisking
you are asterisking
they are asterisking
Present Perfect
I have asterisked
you have asterisked
he/she/it has asterisked
we have asterisked
you have asterisked
they have asterisked
Past Continuous
I was asterisking
you were asterisking
he/she/it was asterisking
we were asterisking
you were asterisking
they were asterisking
Past Perfect
I had asterisked
you had asterisked
he/she/it had asterisked
we had asterisked
you had asterisked
they had asterisked
Future
I will asterisk
you will asterisk
he/she/it will asterisk
we will asterisk
you will asterisk
they will asterisk
Future Perfect
I will have asterisked
you will have asterisked
he/she/it will have asterisked
we will have asterisked
you will have asterisked
they will have asterisked
Future Continuous
I will be asterisking
you will be asterisking
he/she/it will be asterisking
we will be asterisking
you will be asterisking
they will be asterisking
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been asterisking
you have been asterisking
he/she/it has been asterisking
we have been asterisking
you have been asterisking
they have been asterisking
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been asterisking
you will have been asterisking
he/she/it will have been asterisking
we will have been asterisking
you will have been asterisking
they will have been asterisking
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been asterisking
you had been asterisking
he/she/it had been asterisking
we had been asterisking
you had been asterisking
they had been asterisking
Conditional
I would asterisk
you would asterisk
he/she/it would asterisk
we would asterisk
you would asterisk
they would asterisk
Past Conditional
I would have asterisked
you would have asterisked
he/she/it would have asterisked
we would have asterisked
you would have asterisked
they would have asterisked
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.asterisk - a star-shaped character * used in printingasterisk - a star-shaped character * used in printing
grapheme, graphic symbol, character - a written symbol that is used to represent speech; "the Greek alphabet has 24 characters"
Verb1.asterisk - mark with an asterisk; "Linguists star unacceptable sentences"
mark - make or leave a mark on; "the scouts marked the trail"; "ash marked the believers' foreheads"
Translations
نَجْمَه
hvězdička
stjerneasterisk
stjörnumerki
žvaigždutė
zvaigznīte
asterisk
yıldız işareti

asterisk

[ˈæstərɪsk]
A. Nasterisco m
B. VTseñalar con un asterisco, poner un asterisco a

asterisk

[ˈæstərɪsk] nastérisque m

asterisk

nSternchen nt
vtmit Sternchen versehen

asterisk

[ˈæstrɪsk] nasterisco

asterisk

(ˈӕstərisk) noun
a star-shaped mark (*) used in printing to draw attention to a note etc.