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Pronunciation:  `kânstu'leyshun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  an arrangement of parts or elements; "the outcome depends on the configuration of influences at the time"
  2. [n]  

CONSTELLATION is a 13 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: configuration
 See Also: Andromeda, Antlia, Apus, Aquarius, Aquila, Ara, Argo, Aries, asterism, Auriga, Bootes, Caelum, Cancer, Canis Major, Canis Minor, Capricorn, Capricornus, Carina, Cassiopeia, Centaur, Centaurus, Cepheus, Cetus, Chamaeleon, Chameleon, Charioteer, chunking, Circinus, Columba, Coma Berenices, Corona Borealis, Corvus, Crater, Crow, Cygnus, Delphinus, Dorado, Dove, Draco, Dragon, Eridanus, Fornax, Gemini, Great Bear, Great Dog, Grus, Hercules, Hydra, Hydrus, Indus, Leo, Lepus, Libra, Little Bear, Little Dog, Lupus, Lyra, Mensa, Microscopium, Musca, natural object, Norma, Octans, Ophiuchus, Orion, redundancy, Snake, structure, The Centaur, the Crane, The Hunter, unitization, Ursa Major, Ursa Minor



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Con`stel*la"tion\, n. [F. constellation, L.
1. A cluster or group of fixed stars, or dvision of the
   heavens, designated in most cases by the name of some
   animal, or of some mythologial personage, within whose
   imaginary outline, as traced upon the heavens, the group
   is included.

         The constellations seem to have been almost
         purposely named and delineated to cause as much
         confusion and inconvenience as possible. --Sir J.

Note: In each of the constellations now recognized by
      astronomers (about 90 in number) the brightest stars,
      both named and unnamed, are designated nearly in the
      order of brilliancy by the letters of the Greek
      alphabet; as, [alpha] Tauri (Aldebaran) is the first
      star of Taurus, [gamma] Orionis (Bellatrix) is the
      third star of Orion.

2. An assemblage of splendors or excellences.

         The constellations of genius had already begun to
         show itself . . . which was to shed a glory over the
         meridian and close of Philip's reign. --Prescott.

3. Fortune; fate; destiny. [Obs.]

         It is constellation, which causeth all that a man
         doeth.                                --Gower.

Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing a constellation in your dream indicates that something in your life is coming together in a complex way. It represents a mental process. Consider what the constellation is depicting.
Easton Bible Dictionary

a cluster of stars, or stars which appear to be near each other in the heavens, and which astronomers have reduced to certain figures (as the "Great Bear," the "Bull," etc.) for the sake of classification and of memory. In Isa. 13:10, where this word only occurs, it is the rendering of the Hebrew _kesil_, i.e., "fool." This was the Hebrew name of the constellation Orion (Job 9:9; 38:31), a constellation which represented Nimrod, the symbol of folly and impiety. The word some interpret by "the giant" in this place, "some heaven-daring rebel who was chained to the sky for his impiety."

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