a small starlike symbol (*), used in writing and printing as a reference mark or to indicate omission, doubtful matter, etc.
Linguistics. the figure of a star (*) used to mark utterance that would be considered ungrammatical or otherwise unacceptable by native speakers of a language, as in
* I enjoy to ski.
Historical Linguistics. the figure of a star (*) used to mark a hypothetical or reconstructed form that is not attested in a text or inscription.
something in the shape of a star or asterisk.
to mark with an asterisk.
In a year with less unrest economically, that would be an asterisk.
Can This Ornery Socialist Spoil the Clinton Coronation? David Freedlander July 1, 2014
The asterisk for the inevitable deluge of commenters noting that the honor isn’t actually a Nobel Prize.
Meet the Nobel* Winners in Economics Justin Green October 14, 2012
Keep the scare quotes around gay “marriage,” or at least put an asterisk after it.
RFRA Madness: What’s Next for Anti-Democratic ‘Religious Exemptions’ Jay Michaelson November 15, 2014
But now, in the name of religion, some people want to add an asterisk.
A Victory for ‘Religious Freedom’ is a Loss for Religion Gene Robinson June 7, 2014
Instead of guessing, put an asterisk in the vacant spot and have the search engine figure it out for you.
13 Hacks to Improve Your Google Search Nina Strochlic September 14, 2013
In the description of his caricatures which follow, we shall indicate the designs which belong to this class with an asterisk.
English Caricaturists and Graphic Humourists of the Nineteenth Century. Graham Everitt
The books to which direct reference is made are marked with an asterisk.
The Truth About Woman C. Gasquoine Hartley
The asterisk on the middle one indicates that it has been tuned.
Piano Tuning J. Cree Fischer
Only persons who speak are included, except a few marked with asterisk.
The Facts About Shakespeare William Allan Nielson
The series marked by an asterisk have already been demonstrated experimentally.
Mendelism Reginald Crundall Punnett
a star-shaped character (*) used in printing or writing to indicate a cross-reference to a footnote, an omission, etc
(in historical linguistics) this sign used to indicate an unattested reconstructed form
(in descriptive linguistics) this sign used to indicate that an expression is ungrammatical or in some other way unacceptable
(transitive) to mark with an asterisk
“figure used in printing and writing to indicate footnote, omission, etc.,” late 14c., asterich, asterisc, from Late Latin asteriscus, from Greek asterikos “little star,” diminutive of aster “star” (see astro-). As a verb from 1733.
“*” ASCII code 42. Common names include: star; INTERCAL: splat; ITU-T: asterisk. Rare: wild card; gear; dingle; mult; spider; aster; times; twinkle; glob; Nathan Hale.
Commonly used as the multiplication operator and as the Kleene star. Often doubled, as in “x**2”, to mean “to the power”. In C and related languages, asterisk is used as the dereference operator, “*p” meaning “the thing pointed to by p”.
Astronomy. a group of stars. a constellation. Mineralogy. a property of some crystallized minerals of showing a starlike luminous figure in transmitted light or, in a cabochon-cut stone, by reflected light. three asterisks ( or ) printed to draw attention to a passage it precedes. Historical Examples The stars γ and β are pointer stars […]
asterix spelling Do you mean “asterisk” (the star-shaped character), or Asterix the Gaul (http://webring.org/cgi-bin/webring?ring=asterixwebring&index), the popular French cartoon by Goscinny and Uderzo? (2000-07-26) Contemporary Examples In 2008, she appeared alongside Gerard Dépardieu in the film asterix at the Olympic Games. The Model Who Loved Gaddafi’s Son Isabel Wilkinson November 2, 2011 Historical Examples Even the […]
asterixis asterixis as·ter·ix·is (ās’tə-rĭk’sĭs) n. An abnormal tremor consisting of involuntary jerking movements, especially in the hands, frequently occurring with impending hepatic coma and other forms of metabolic encephalopathy. Also called flapping tremor.
not reaching to or connected with the sternum. adjective (anatomy) not connected or joined to the sternum lacking a sternum asternal a·ster·nal (ā-stûr’nəl, ə-stûr’-) adj. Not related to or connected with the sternum, as a rib. Lacking a sternum.
in a position behind a specified vessel or aircraft: The cutter was following close astern. in a backward direction: The steamer went astern at half speed. Historical Examples astern towed a dingy; from the taffrail flew the American flag. Our Navy in the War Lawrence Perry In paddling the dugout the Indians all faced ahead, […]