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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.
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1. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) a star-shaped character (*) used in printing or writing to indicate a cross-reference to a footnote, an omission, etc
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
(Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) (tr) to mark with an asterisk
[C17: from Late Latin asteriscus a small star, from Greek asteriskos, from astēr star]
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as•ter•isk(ˈæs tə rɪsk)
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.
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Past participle: asterisked
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|Noun||1.||asterisk - a star-shaped character * used in printing|
|Verb||1.||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"
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Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005
asterisk[ˈæstərɪsk] n → astérisque m
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Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007
asterisk[ˈæst/ərɪsk] n → asterisco
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
a star-shaped mark (*) used in printing to draw attention to a note etc. asterisk, sterretjie نَجْمَه (عَلامَة فِي الطِّبَاعَه) звездичка asterisco hvězdička das Sternchen stjerne αστερίσκοςasterisco tärn نشان ستاره در چاپ asteriski astérisqueכוכבית तारा चिह्न zvjezdica csillag tanda bintang stjörnumerki asterisco 星印 별표 žvaigždutė zvaigznīte tanda berbentuk bintang asteriskstjernegwiazdka د ستوری نښه په چاپ کی asterisco asterisc звёздочка hviezdička zvezdica zvezdica asterisk เครื่องหมายดอกจัน ( * ) yıldız işareti 星號 знак зірочки ستارہ ، نجمہ dấu * 星号
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