Cynosure Cy"no*sure (s?"n?-sh?r or s?n"?-sh?r; 277), n. [L. Cynosura theconstellation Cynosure, Gr. ????? dog's tail, the constellation Cynosure; ????, ????, dog + o'yra` tail. See{Cynic}.] 1. The constellation of the Lesser Bear (Ursa Minor), to which, as containing the polar star, the eyes of mariners and travelers were often directed. [1913 Webster]

2. That which serves to direct. --Southey. [1913 Webster]

3. Anything to which attention is strongly turned; a center of attraction. [1913 Webster]

Where perhaps some beauty lies, The cynosure of neighboring eyes. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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