fixed star


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fixed star

n.
A star or nebula that appears to remain in constant position relative to other celestial bodies, in contrast with celestial bodies such as the planets in our solar system, whose changes in position relative to the stars are readily observable by telescope or the unaided eye. All stars except the sun are considered fixed stars.

fixed star

n
1. (Astronomy) any of the stars in the Ptolemaic system, all of which were thought to be attached to an outer crystal sphere thus explaining their apparent lack of movement
2. (Astronomy) an extremely distant star whose position appears to be almost stationary over a long period of time

fixed′ star′


n.
any of the stars that apparently always retain the same position in respect to one another.
[1555–65]

fixed star

(fĭkst)
A star so distant from Earth that its position in relation to other stars appears not to change. Its movements can be measured only by precise observations over long periods of time. Sirius is a fixed star.
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Noun1.fixed star - any star in the Ptolemaic theory of planetary motion
star - (astronomy) a celestial body of hot gases that radiates energy derived from thermonuclear reactions in the interior
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My friend would then turn to me, quiet and pale, and would say, 'No, sir; that is impossible: I cannot do it, because it is wrong;' and would become immutable as a fixed star.
This advantage has enabled them to extend their discoveries much further than our astronomers in Europe; for they have made a catalogue of ten thousand fixed stars, whereas the largest of ours do not contain above one third part of that number.
Thereafter, I showed how the greatest part of the matter of this chaos must, in accordance with these laws, dispose and arrange itself in such a way as to present the appearance of heavens; how in the meantime some of its parts must compose an earth and some planets and comets, and others a sun and fixed stars.
And yet what is that compared with the distance of the fixed stars, some of which, such as Arcturus, are billions of miles distant from us?
Thus, while our own change of positions is known to embrace an orbit of about 200,000,000 of miles, it is nevertheless so trifling as to produce no apparent change of position in thousands of the fixed stars that are believed to be the suns of other systems.
Tulliver had said that he was going to send Tom to the Lord Chancellor; for uncle Pullet belonged to that extinct class of British yeoman who, dressed in good broadcloth, paid high rates and taxes, went to church, and ate a particularly good dinner on Sunday, without dreaming that the British constitution in Church and State had a traceable origin any more than the solar system and the fixed stars.
He loaded it, and rammed home the loading with his thumb-end; but hardly had he ignited his match across the rough sand-paper of his hand, when Tashtego, his harpooneer, whose eyes had been setting to windward like two fixed stars, suddenly dropped like light from his erect attitude to his seat, crying out in a quick phrensy of hurry, Down, down all, and give way
Sir,--I have read with amusement, not wholly unmixed with some less complimentary emotion, the complacent and wholly fatuous letter of James Wilson MacPhail which has lately appeared in your columns upon the subject of the blurring of Fraunhofer's lines in the spectra both of the planets and of the fixed stars.
It made me hold my breath in expectation of hearing the wilderness burst into a prodigious peal of laughter that would shake the fixed stars in their places.
Barnette contains an often-quoted passage penned by Justice Robert Jackson: "If there is any fixed star in our constitutional constellation, it is that no official, high or petty, can prescribe what shall be orthodox in politics, nationalism, religion, or other matters of opinion, or force citizens to confess by word or act their faith therein.
To put it more precisely, everything turns on the French invention of the concept of 'revolution,' which quickly rose to the summit of our political thinking, like a fixed star, with the rest of the stars arranging themselves around it.
To put it more precisely, everything turns on the French invention of the concept of "revolution," which quickly rose to the summit of our political thinking, like a fixed star, with the rest of the stars arranging themselves around it.