fixed star
noun Date: 1551 a star so distant that its motion can be measured only by very precise observations over long periods

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • fixed star — noun any star in the Ptolemaic theory of planetary motion • Hypernyms: ↑star * * * noun : a true star at such great distance that its motion can be measured only by very precise observations over long periods as distinguished from a planet or… …   Useful english dictionary

  • fixed star — star whose position in the sky appears to remain the same (in relation to other stars) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • fixed star — noun Astronomy, historical a star, as distinguished from a planet by its fixed position …   English new terms dictionary

  • fixed star — noun Any star that is so distant that its movement, relative to others, is not perceptible; in practice, any star except the Sun …   Wiktionary

  • fixed star — Astron. any of the stars which apparently always retain the same position in respect to one another. [1555 65] * * * …   Universalium

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  • fixed star — /fɪkst ˈsta/ (say fikst stah) noun any of the stars which apparently always retain the same position with respect to one another …   Australian English dictionary

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