Meaning of STAR in English

STAR

n. & v.

--n.

1. a celestial body appearing as a luminous point in the night sky.

2 (in full fixed star) such a body so far from the earth as to appear motionless (cf. PLANET, COMET).

3 a large naturally luminous gaseous body such as the sun is.

4 a celestial body regarded as influencing a person's fortunes etc. (born under a lucky star).

5 a thing resembling a star in shape or appearance.

6 a star-shaped mark, esp. a white mark on a horse's forehead.

7 a figure or object with radiating points esp. as the insignia of an order, as a decoration or mark of rank, or showing a category of excellence (a five-star hotel; was awarded a gold star).

8 a a famous or brilliant person; the principal or most prominent performer in a play, film, etc. (the star of the show). b (attrib.) outstanding; particularly brilliant ( star pupil).

9 (in full star connection) Electr. a Y-shaped arrangement of three-phase windings.

10 star prisoner.

--v. (starred, starring)

1. a tr. (of a film etc.) feature as a principal performer. b intr. (of a performer) be featured in a film etc.

2 (esp. as starred adj.) a mark, set, or adorn with a star or stars. b put an asterisk or star beside (a name, an item in a list, etc.).

Phrases and idioms:

my stars! colloq. an expression of surprise. star-apple an edible purple apple-like fruit (with a starlike cross-section) of a tropical evergreen tree, Chrysophyllum cainito. Star Chamber Brit. Law

1. hist. a court of civil and criminal jurisdiction noted for its arbitrary procedure, and abolished in 1640.

2 any arbitrary or oppressive tribunal. star-crossed archaic ill-fated. star fruit CARAMBOLA.

star-gaze

1. gaze at or study the stars.

2 gaze intently.

star-gazer

1. colloq. usu. derog. or joc. an astronomer or astrologer.

2 Austral. sl. a horse that turns its head when galloping. star of Bethlehem any of various plants with starlike flowers esp. Ornithogalum umbellatum with white star-shaped flowers striped with green on the outside (see Matt. 2:9). Star of David a figure consisting of two interlaced equilateral triangles used as a Jewish and Israeli symbol. star prisoner Brit. sl. a convict serving a first prison sentence. star route US a postal delivery route served by private contractors. Stars and Bars the flag of the Confederate States of the US. Stars and Stripes the national flag of the US. star sapphire a cabochon sapphire reflecting a star-like image due to its regular internal structure. star shell an explosive projectile designed to burst in the air and light up the enemy's position. star-spangled (esp. of the US national flag) covered or glittering with stars. star stream a systematic drift of stars. star-studded containing or covered with many stars, esp. featuring many famous performers. star turn the principal item in an entertainment or performance. Star Wars colloq. the strategic defence initiative.

Derivatives:

stardom n. starless adj. starlike adj.

Etymology: OE steorra f. Gmc

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.