constellation
noun Etymology: Middle English constellacioun, from Anglo-French constellation, from Late Latin constellation-, constellatio, from Latin com- + stella star — more at star Date: 14th century 1. the configuration of stars especially at one's birth 2. any of 88 arbitrary configurations of stars or an area of the celestial sphere covering one of these configurations 3. an assemblage, collection, or group of usually related persons, qualities, or things <
a constellation of…relatives, friends, and hangers-on — Brendan Gill
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a constellation of symptoms
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4. pattern, arrangement <
taking advantage of the shifting constellation of power throughout the known world — H. D. Lasswell
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constellatory adjective

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  • constellation — [ kɔ̃stelasjɔ̃ ] n. f. • 1538; constellacion 1265; lat. constellatio, de stella « étoile » 1 ♦ Groupe apparent d étoiles présentant une figure conventionnelle déterminée, vue de la Terre. La constellation de la Grande Ourse, du Lion.… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Constellation — Con stel*la tion, n. [F. constellation, L. constellatio.] 1. A cluster or group of fixed stars, or division of the heavens, designated in most cases by the name of some animal, or of some mythologial personage, within whose imaginary outline, as… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ConStellation — may refer to: The 41st World Science Fiction Convention, ConStellation, held in Baltimore in 1983 Con†Stellation, an annual general interest science fiction convention held in Huntsville, Alabama, since 1982 See also Constellation… …   Wikipedia

  • constellation — CONSTELLATION. subst. f. (On pron. les deux L.) Assemblage d un certain nombre d étoiles fixes, auquel on a supposé une figure, soit d homme, soit d animaux, et donné un nom pour le distinguer des autres assemblages de même espèce. Les Astronomes …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • constellation — early 14c., from O.Fr. constellacion constellation, conjuncture (of planets), from L.L. constellationem (nom. constellatio) set with stars, from constellatus, from L. com with (see COM (Cf. com )) + pp. of stellare to shine, from stella star …   Etymology dictionary

  • constellation — constellation. = conformation (см.). (Источник: «Англо русский толковый словарь генетических терминов». Арефьев В.А., Лисовенко Л.А., Москва: Изд во ВНИРО, 1995 г.) …   Молекулярная биология и генетика. Толковый словарь.

  • Constellation — (v. lat.), Stellung von Sternen gegen einander im Anblick vom Standpunkt der Erde aus. Sie ist eine unveränderliche C. bei den Fixsternen, die darnach in Bilder (Sternbilder) gruppirt worden sind; eine veränderliche bei den Planeten, in Bezug… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Constellation — Constellation, die Stellung von Sternen gegen einander, wie sich dieselbe von der Erde aus darstellt. Der Stand der Fixsterne (s. d. A.) ist ein unveränderlicher, und sie sind in Sternbilder gruppirt, dagegen verändert sich die Stellung der… …   Damen Conversations Lexikon

  • Constellation — Constellation, nennt man den jedesmaligen Stand der Sonne und eines Planeten oder der Sonne u. des Mondes zu einander, also gleichbedeutend mit Aspecten (s. d. Art.) …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • constellation — Constellation. s. f. Amas de plusieurs estoiles fixes qu on s imagine representer quelque figure. Les Astronomes comptent quarante huit constellations dans le ciel …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • constellation — ► NOUN ▪ a group of stars forming a recognized pattern and typically named after a mythological or other figure. ORIGIN Latin, from stella star …   English terms dictionary

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