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Meaning of ASTERISM

Pronunciation:  'astu`rizum

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  (astronomy) a cluster of stars (or a small constellation)
  2. [n]  (mineralogy) a six-rayed star-shaped figure seen in some crystal structures under reflected or transmitted light
 

ASTERISM is a 8 letter word that starts with A.

 

 See Also: Big Dipper, Charles's Wain, constellation, Dipper, Little Dipper, natural object, Plough, star, Wagon, Wain

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\As`ter*ism\, n. [Gr. ?, fr. 'asth`r star; cf. F.
ast['e]risme.]
1. (Astron.)
   (a) A constellation. [Obs.]
   (b) A small cluster of stars.

2. (Printing)
   (a) An asterisk, or mark of reference. [R.]
   (b) Three asterisks placed in this manner, [asterism], to
       direct attention to a particular passage.

3. (Crystallog.) An optical property of some crystals which
   exhibit a star-shaped by reflected light, as star
   sapphire, or by transmitted light, as some mica.

 

 

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