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Definition of the noun asterism

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noun - plural: asterisms

  1. (mineralogy) a star-shaped figure with six rays that is seen in some crystal structures under reflected or transmitted light
    • domain: mineralogy
    • lexical domain: Shapes - nouns denoting two and three dimensional shapes
    • more generic word: star = a plane figure with 5 or more points
  2. (astronomy) a cluster of stars (or a small constellation)

Alternative definition of the noun asterism


  1. [constellation] A small group of stars that forms a visible pattern but is not an official constellation.
  2. A rarely used typographical symbol (⁂, three asterisks arranged in a triangle), used to call attention to a passage or to separate sub-chapters in a book.
  3. [mineralogy] A star-shaped figure exhibited by some crystals by reflected light (as in a star sapphire) or by transmitted light (as in some mica).


"Asterism" is a composition.


  1. Asterism: Asteria, or star stone is a name applied to ornamental stones that exhibit a luminous star when cut en cabochon. The typical asteria is the star-sapphire, generally a bluish-grey corundum, milky or opalescent, with a star of six rays. In red corundum the stellate reflection is less common, and hence the star-ruby occasionally found with the star-sapphire in Ceylon is among the most valued of "fancy stones". When the radiation is shown by yellow corundum, the stone is called star-topaz. Cymophane, the chatoyant chrysoberyl known as cat's eye, may also be asteriated. In all these cases the asterism is due to the reflection of light from twin-lamellae or from fine tubular cavities or thin enclosures definitely arranged in the stone. The astrion of Pliny the Elder is believed to have been a moonstone, since it is described as a colourless stone from India having within it the appearance of a star shining with the light of the moon. Star-stones were formerly regarded with much superstition.
  2. Asterism: In typography, an asterism, from the Greek astēr, is a rarely used, and "nearly obsolete," symbol consisting of three asterisks placed in a triangle. It is used to "indicate minor breaks in text," call attention to a passage, or to separate sub-chapters in a book. It is Unicode character U+2042 ⁂ asterism.

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Google previewThe History and Art of Printing (1771)

In 2 Parts by Philip Luckombe

The Asterism is the chief of the Reserences, which presents itself most readily to the eye, on account of having its figure a-top:  ;...

Google previewKnowledge Encyclopedia (2013)

is the Great Square of Pegasus, an asterism (part of a larger constellation). In Piscis Austrinus is Fomalhaut ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Britannica Almanac 2010 (2010)

by Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc.

Cygnus contains the asterism known as the Northern Cross; the constellation's brightest star is Deneb. Delphinus contains the asterism known as Job's Coffin. Draco contains the star Thuban, which was the polestar in 3000 BC. Achernar is the ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Hinduism (2008)

by Denise Cush, Catherine A. Robinson, Michael York

This is generally prescribed for the third or fourth month after conception when the moon is passing through a male lunar asterism (naks.atra). As with all the sam.s- ka ̄ras, the pum.savana consists of a number of brief rites and recitations of ...

Google previewCompanion Encyclopaedia of Asian Philosophy (2002)

by Dr Brian Carr, Brian Carr, Indira Mahalingam

ofthethird lunar asterism« iscausal. An interesting exampleisthat of aweighing scale.The relationship between itstwo sides maynot besaid to be causal,yetthe generality expressing the relationship must be regarded as nomological. Though.

Google previewDictionary of Geological Terms (1984)

by Robert Latimer Bates, Julia A. Jackson

assay 31 asterism asteroid 32 Atlantic- type coastline. of the naturally occurring black solid bitumens that are soluble in carbon disulfide and fuse above 230°F. Examples are uintahite, glance pitch, and  ...

Google previewThe People's Dictionary and Every-day Encyclopedia (1883)

Comprising All the Information Needed Upon Any Subject in Daily Use : a Hand-book for Everybody for Each Day in the Year

Asterism, n. A constellation of fixed stars. Astern, adv. In the hinder part of a ship. Asteroid, n. One of the small planets between Mars and Jupiter. Asthma, n. Shortness of breath. _ Asthmatic, a. Pertaining to asthma. Astound, v. t. To strike with ...

Google previewLexicon Technicum: Or, An Universal English Dictionary Of Arts And Sciences (1725)

Explaining Not Only the Terms of Art, But the Arts Themselves by John Harris

ASTERISM, the fame " with ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Asian Philosophy (2006)

by Oliver Leaman

The item bha, which is taken to mean nahhatra (celestial body/bodies; constellation; asterism), is combined with theitemira in the sense ofpreraka ( motivator; propellor)(vir (move; rise; agitate)) toformthe itembhera and hencea synonym of 'time' ...

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Scrabble value of A1S1T1E1R1I1S1M3

The value of this 8-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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