General English

General Science

  • noun an astronomical object whose temperature and density is high enough to allow energy to be generated by nuclear fusion


  • Celestial body whose temperature and density is high enough to allow energy to be generated by nuclear fusion. A massive range of star types have been catalogued and described, ranging in size from less than 0.1 solar masses to about 100. Most stars follow a simple, almost straight-line, relationship linking their mass to their light output or luminosity, the Hertzsprung-Russell diagram. Stars are the basic study of most astronomers and astrophysicists, who in recent years have addressed issues including star formation, the later lives of stars after the major process of energy production – the production of helium by fusing hydrogen – has ceased, and the dynamics of interacting multiple stars, especially those involving a collapsed star and a normal one.


  • noun a batsman’s innings completed without the batsman being dismissed, so called because an asterisk (or ‘star’) is used in the scorebook to indicate a not out score.
    See also asterisk
  • verb to offer a potential catch to the fielding side
    Citation ‘Hollins … proceeded to give chance after chance that was not accepted. He starred 7 before being finely caught and bowled for 28’ (Headlam 1903)


  • noun a product which has a high market share and a high growth rate. It will need cash to finance its growth, but eventually should become a cash cow.


  • A large self-luminous celestial body, usually composed of gases, which derives its energy from nuclear energy within its core. The sun is an example.
  • That which has a central hub or node and is connected to other things which surround said center. Also that which is similarly configured. For example, a star network or a star ground.

Media Studies

  • noun a person in the public eye because of a particular achievement or talent of theirs, e.g. a sports star, a film star.


  • noun a tiny point of light, visible in the sky at night
  • noun an insignia in the shape of a star, used as a badge of rank.


  • exclamation an all-purpose intensifier placed at the end of an utterance


  • A top entertainer or performer in films, theater, television,etc. The term is recorded as early as the 1770s, when it was appliedto the actor David Garrick (who has been called "thefirst modern superstar"). The Hollywood star system was createdby the studios in the 1910s as a means of enhancing box office receipts;before this, the film companies tended not to identify actors andactresses in order to hold down their salaries. In the 20th centurythe term has been devalued by indiscriminate use, leading to suchaggrandized versions as superstar and megastar.


  • noun a small bright light which you see in the sky at night
  • noun a shape with several regular points, used as a system of classification


  • acronym forauction market preferred stock
    (written as STAR)


  • acronym forstandard arrival route
    (written as STAR)

Origin & History of “star”

Star is a general Germanic word, with relatives in German stern, Dutch ster, Swedish stjärna, and Danish stjerne. these were all descended from a prehistoric Germanic base *ster-, which had come down unaltered from Indo-European *ster- ‘star’, source also of Latin stēlla ‘star’ (from which English gets stellar (16th c.)) and Greek astḗr ‘star’ (from which English gets asterisk, astronomy, disaster, etc). The ultimate source of the Indo-European base is not known for certain, but the traditional view is that it comes from the base *ster- ‘spread out’, the underlying notion being of the stars ‘spread out’ in the sky. Sterling ‘British money’ was originally named from the design of a small ‘star’ on a coin, but starling is not etymologically related. The modern sense of star, ‘leading performer’, is first recorded in the early 19th century.