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WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: 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: Polaris, North Star, pole star, polar star, polestar]

Merriam Webster's

noun Date: 14th century the star of the northern hemisphere toward which the axis of the earth points called also polestar

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

North North, a. Lying toward the north; situated at the north, or in a northern direction from the point of observation or reckoning; proceeding toward the north, or coming from the north. North following. See Following, a., 2. North pole, that point in the heavens, or on the earth, ninety degrees from the equator toward the north. North preceding. See Following, a., 2. North star, the star toward which the north pole of the earth very nearly points, and which accordingly seems fixed and immovable in the sky. The star [alpha] (alpha) of the Little Bear, is our present north star, being distant from the pole about 1[deg] 25', and from year to year approaching slowly nearer to it. It is called also Cynosura, polestar, and by astronomers, Polaris.

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

Polestar, loadstar.

Moby Thesaurus

Aldebaran, Canicula, Dog Star, Hesper, Hesperus, Lucifer, Phosphor, Phosphorus, Polaris, 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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