Definition of Polaris

1. Noun. 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.




Definition of Polaris

1. n. The polestar. See North star, under North.

Definition of Polaris

1. Proper noun. (star) The pole star, a trinary star in the constellation Ursa Minor that currently lies close to the north celestial pole; Alpha (?) Ursae Minoris ¹

2. Proper noun. A type of U.S. ballistic missile, capable of carrying a nuclear warhead and designed to be launched from a submarine. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Medical Definition of Polaris

1. The polestar. See North star, under North. Origin: NL. See Polar. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Polaris

polar ring
polar solvents
polar star
polar stratospheric cloud
polar zone
polarchies
polarchy
polaric
polarily
polarimeter
polarimeters
polarimetric
polarimetrically
polarimetries
polarimetry
polaris (current term)
polarisabilities
polarisability
polarisable
polarisation
polarisations
polariscope
polariscopes
polariscopic
polariscopy
polarise
polarised
polarised light
polariser
polarisers

Literary usage of Polaris

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1. Plane Surveying: A Text-book and Pocket Manual by John Clayton Tracy (1907)
"Facts Concerning polaris. Before describing the method of taking observations, certain facts concerning polaris will be given. 1. ..."

2. The Principles and Practice of Surveying by Charles Blaney Breed, George Leonard Hosmer (1908)
"advisable to use only close circumpolar stars (preferably polaris) for the ... In order that the computed azimuth of polaris shall be correct within about ..."

3. Manual of Instructions for the Survey of the Public Lands of the United States by United States Bureau of Land Management (1919)
"Bisect polaris and note that the motion of the star carries it away from the ... As long as this motion is discernible continue the bisection of polaris by ..."

4. Azimuth by George Leonard Hosmer (1909)
"Azimuth and Latitude by Observation of 8 Cassiopeia and polaris. ... polaris, the star on which the azimuth observation chiefly depends, is readily found by ..."

5. A Manual of Underground Surveying by Loyal Wingate Trumbull (1910)
"polaris OBSERVATIONS It is sometimes convenient to be able to take the meridian from polaris at a time when one is without a star almanac to learn when ..."

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