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STAR (starred, starring)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does star mean? 

STAR (noun)
  The noun STAR has 8 senses:

1. (astronomy) a celestial body of hot gases that radiates energy derived from thermonuclear reactions in the interior
2. someone who is dazzlingly skilled in any field
3. any celestial body visible (as a point of light) from the Earth at night
4. a plane figure with 5 or more points; often used as an emblem
5. an actor who plays a principal role
6. a performer who receives prominent billing
7. a star-shaped character * used in printing
8. the topology of a network whose components are connected to a hub

  Familiarity information: STAR used as a noun is common.


STAR (adjective)
  The adjective STAR has 1 sense:

1. indicating the most important performer or role

  Familiarity information: STAR used as an adjective is very rare.


STAR (verb)
  The verb STAR has 3 senses:

1. feature as the star
2. be the star in a performance
3. mark with an asterisk

  Familiarity information: STAR used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


STAR (noun)


Sense 1star [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(astronomy) a celestial body of hot gases that radiates energy derived from thermonuclear reactions in the interior

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)

Hypernyms ("star" is a kind of...):

celestial body; heavenly body (natural objects visible in the sky)

Domain category:

astronomy; uranology (the branch of physics that studies celestial bodies and the universe as a whole)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "star"):

supernova (a star that explodes and becomes extremely luminous in the process)

neutron star (a star that has collapsed under its own gravity; it is composed of neutrons)

nova (a star that ejects some of its material in the form of a cloud and become more luminous in the process)

red dwarf; red dwarf star (a small cool star; approximately 100 times the mass of Jupiter)

red giant; red giant star (a large cool star; has a relatively low surface temperature and a diameter large relative to the sun)

variable; variable star (a star that varies noticeably in brightness)

sun (a typical star that is the source of light and heat for the planets in the solar system)

sun (any star around which a planetary system evolves)

supergiant (an extremely bright star of very large diameter and low density)

multiple star (a system of three or more stars associated by gravity)

loadstar; lodestar (guiding star; a star that is used as a reference point in navigation of astronomy)

giant; giant star (a very bright star of large diameter and low density (relative to the Sun))

fixed star (any star in the Ptolemaic theory of planetary motion)

white dwarf; white dwarf star (a faint star of enormous density)

binary; binary star; double star (a system of two stars that revolve around each other under their mutual gravitation)

Instance hyponyms:

Alpha Crucis (the brightest star in the Southern Cross)

Beta Centauri (the second brightest star in Centaurus)

Beta Crucis (the second brightest star in the Southern Cross)

Asterope; Sterope (one of the stars in the star cluster Pleiades)

Regulus (the brightest star in Leo)

Deneb (the brightest star in Cygnus)

Pollux (the brightest star in Gemini; close to Castor)

Denebola (a star in Leo approximately 43 light years from Earth)

Spica (the brightest star in Virgo)

Holonyms ("star" is a member of...):

extragalactic nebula; galaxy ((astronomy) a collection of star systems; any of the billions of systems each having many stars and nebulae and dust)

constellation (a configuration of stars as seen from the earth)


Sense 2star [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Someone who is dazzlingly skilled in any field

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

virtuoso; whiz; whizz; wiz; wizard; superstar; mavin; maven; hotshot; adept; sensation; star; genius; ace; champion

Hypernyms ("star" is a kind of...):

expert (a person with special knowledge or ability who performs skillfully)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "star"):

track star (a star runner)


Sense 3star [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Any celestial body visible (as a point of light) from the Earth at night

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)

Hypernyms ("star" is a kind of...):

celestial body; heavenly body (natural objects visible in the sky)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "star"):

starlet (a small star)


Sense 4star [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A plane figure with 5 or more points; often used as an emblem

Classified under:

Nouns denoting two and three dimensional shapes

Hypernyms ("star" is a kind of...):

plane figure; two-dimensional figure (a two-dimensional shape)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "star"):

hexagram (a regular polygon formed by extending each of the sides of a regular hexagon to form two equilateral triangles)

asterism ((mineralogy) a star-shaped figure with six rays that is seen in some crystal structures under reflected or transmitted light)

pentacle; pentagram; pentangle (a star with 5 points; formed by 5 straight lines between the vertices of a pentagon and enclosing another pentagon)


Sense 5star [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An actor who plays a principal role

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

principal; star; lead

Hypernyms ("star" is a kind of...):

actor; histrion; player; role player; thespian (a theatrical performer)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "star"):

television star; TV star (a star in a television show)

idol; matinee idol (someone who is adored blindly and excessively)

film star; movie star (a star who plays leading roles in the cinema)

co-star (one of two actors who are given equal status as stars in a play or film)


Sense 6star [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A performer who receives prominent billing

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

headliner; star

Hypernyms ("star" is a kind of...):

performer; performing artist (an entertainer who performs a dramatic or musical work for an audience)


Sense 7star [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A star-shaped character * used in printing

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

asterisk; star

Hypernyms ("star" is a kind of...):

character; grapheme; graphic symbol (a written symbol that is used to represent speech)


Sense 8star [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The topology of a network whose components are connected to a hub

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

star topology; star

Hypernyms ("star" is a kind of...):

network topology; topology (the configuration of a communication network)


STAR (adjective)


Sense 1star [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Indicating the most important performer or role

Synonyms:

leading; prima; star; starring; stellar

Context examples:

the leading man / prima ballerina / prima donna / a star figure skater / the starring role / a stellar role / a stellar performance

Similar:

major (of greater importance or stature or rank)


STAR (verb)


Sense 1star [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Feature as the star

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Context example:

The movie stars Dustin Hoffman as an autistic man

Hypernyms (to "star" is one way to...):

feature; have (have as a feature)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "star"):

co-star (feature as the co-star in a performance)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s somebody


Sense 2star [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be the star in a performance

Classified under:

Verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing

Hypernyms (to "star" is one way to...):

do; execute; perform (carry out or perform an action)

Domain category:

dramatic art; dramatics; dramaturgy; theater; theatre (the art of writing and producing plays)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "star"):

co-star (be the co-star in a performance)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s PP


Sense 3star [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Mark with an asterisk

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

asterisk; star

Context example:

Linguists star unacceptable sentences

Hypernyms (to "star" is one way to...):

mark (make or leave a mark on)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


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