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Polar star   /pˈoʊlər stɑr/   Listen
Polar star

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.  Synonyms: North Star, Polaris, pole star, polestar.

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"Polar star" Quotes from Famous Books

... have been toiling far Upon the deep, and lost the polar star, Have visited that island, and have seen That lover's grave: and many there have been That sat upon the gray and crumbling stone, And started, as they saw a skeleton Amid the long sad moss, that fondly grew Through the ...
— The Death-Wake - or Lunacy; a Necromaunt in Three Chimeras • Thomas T Stoddart

... bonnet, my cloak was the plaid: On chieftains long perish'd my memory ponder'd, As daily I strode through the pine-cover'd glade; I sought not my home till the day's dying glory Gave place to the rays of the bright polar star; For fancy was cheer'd by traditional story, Disclosed by ...
— The Mysteries of All Nations • James Grant

... at last, even if I walk right across it. That will be better than going backward and forward, or round and round, as I shall otherwise do, just like a puppy running alter its own tail. So now shine out, stars!" Edward waited until he could make out Charles's Wain, which he well knew, and then the Polar Star. As soon as he was certain of that, he resolved to travel by it due north, and he did so, sometimes walking fast, and at others keeping up a steady trot for a half a mile without stopping. As he was proceeding on his travels, ...
— The Children of the New Forest • Captain Marryat

... the polar star To the seat of the old Norse Kings, Past the death-white halls of Valhalla, Where the Norn to the tempest sings— Follow the steady needle That cleaves to its steady star To the uttermost realms of Odin ...
— Pan and Aeolus: Poems • Charles Hamilton Musgrove

... Taoism, is the worship of Relativity. One master defines Zen as the art of feeling the polar star in the southern sky. Truth can be reached only through the comprehension of opposites. Again, Zennism, like Taoism, is a strong advocate of individualism. Nothing is real except that which concerns the working of our own minds. Yeno, ...
— The Book of Tea • Kakuzo Okakura

... chain, but for some unknown cause the thing had struck work a fortnight back, and now the black half, which ought always to have turned to the north, perversely remained where you choose to place it. But, after all, the sun in the morning and evening, and the polar star at night, will put you somewhere in the right direction, when ...
— For Fortune and Glory - A Story of the Soudan War • Lewis Hough

... the new sun was reached. Light can traverse the distance around our earth eight times in one second. It comes in eight minutes from the sun, but it takes three and a quarter years to come from Alpha [Page 73] Centauri, seven and a quarter years from 61 Cygni, and forty-five years from the Polar Star. ...
— Recreations in Astronomy - With Directions for Practical Experiments and Telescopic Work • Henry Warren

Words linked to "Polar star" :   variable, variable star, lodestar, Little Dipper, Polaris, dipper, loadstar, Little Bear, North Star, Ursa Minor

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