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asterisk
  • n  a star-shaped character * used in printing
  • v  mark with an asterisk
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asterism
  • n  (mineralogy) a star-shaped figure with six rays that is seen in some crystal structures under reflected or transmitted light
  • n  (astronomy) a cluster of stars (or a small constellation)
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asteroid belt
  • n  the region of interplanetary space between Mars and Jupiter where most asteroids are found
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asterope
  • n  (Greek mythology) one of the 7 Pleiades
  • n  one of the stars in the star cluster Pleiades
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asthenopia
  • n  a tiredness of the eyes caused by prolonged close work by a person with an uncorrected vision problem
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asthma
  • n  respiratory disorder characterized by wheezing; usually of allergic origin
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asthma attack
  • n  respiratory disorder characterized by wheezing; usually of allergic origin
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astigmatism
  • n  (ophthalmology) impaired eyesight resulting usually from irregular conformation of the cornea; common in nearsighted people
  • n  (optics) defect in an optical system in which light rays from a single point fail to converge in a single focal point
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astigmia
  • n  (ophthalmology) impaired eyesight resulting usually from irregular conformation of the cornea; common in nearsighted people
  • n  (optics) defect in an optical system in which light rays from a single point fail to converge in a single focal point
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astilbe
  • n  any plant of the genus Astilbe having compound leaves and showy panicles of tiny colorful flowers
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astilbe biternata
  • n  North American astilbe with panicles of creamy white flowers
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astilbe chinensis pumila
  • n  mat-forming evergreen Asiatic plant with finely cut leaves and small pink to burgundy flowers; grown as ground cover
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astilbe japonica
  • n  a Japanese shrub that resembles members of the genus Spiraea; widely cultivated in many varieties for its dense panicles of flowers in many colors; often forced by florists for Easter blooming
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astonishment
  • n  the feeling that accompanies something extremely surprising
    he looked at me in astonishment
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astor
  • n  British politician (born in the United States) who was the first woman to sit in the British House of Commons (1879-1964)
  • n  United States capitalist (born in Germany) who made a fortune in fur trading (1763-1848)
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