AskDefine | Define Polaris

Dictionary Definition

Polaris n : 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 [syn: North Star, pole star, polar star, polestar]

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English

Etymology

From Stella polaris, "pole star"

Pronunciation

  • /pɔʊˈlɑrɪs/

Proper noun

  1. The pole star, a trinary star in the constellation Ursa Minor that currently lies close to the north celestial pole; Alpha (α) Ursae Minoris
  2. A type of U.S. ballistic missile, capable of carrying a nuclear warhead and designed to be launched from a submarine.

Translations

star

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Aldebaran, Canicula, Dog Star, Hesper, Hesperus, Lucifer, North Star, Phosphor, Phosphorus, Sirius, Venus, Vesper, celestial body, comet, cynosure, daystar, evening star, fixed stars, guiding star, heavenly body, living sapphires, lodestar, morning star, orb, polar star, polestar, sphere, starry host, stars
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