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constellation

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noun con·stel·la·tion \ˌkän(t)-stə-ˈlā-shən\

Simple Definition of constellation

  • : a group of stars that forms a particular shape in the sky and has been given a name

  • : a group of people or things that are similar in some way

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of constellation

  1. 1 :  the configuration of stars especially at one's birth

  2. 2 :  any of 88 arbitrary configurations of stars or an area of the celestial sphere covering one of these configurations

  3. 3 :  an assemblage, collection, or group of usually related persons, qualities, or things <a constellation of … relatives, friends, and hangers-on — Brendan Gill> <a constellation of symptoms>

  4. 4 :  pattern, arrangement <taking advantage of the shifting constellation of power throughout the known world — H. D. Lasswell>

constellatory

play \kən-ˈste-lə-ˌtȯr-ē\ adjective

Examples of constellation in a sentence

  1. The constellation Ursa Major contains the stars of the Big Dipper.

  2. A large constellation of relatives and friends attended the funeral.

  3. The patient presented a constellation of symptoms.



Origin and Etymology of constellation

Middle English constellacioun, from Anglo-French constellation, from Late Latin constellation-, constellatio, from Latin com- + stella star — more at star


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with constellation

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laceration, lamentation, lamination, legislation, levitation, liberation, limitation, lineation, liquidation, litigation, lubrication, lucubration, maceration, machination, malformation, masturbation, maturation, mediation, medication, meditation, melioration, menstruation, ministration, mitigation, moderation, modulation, molestation, motivation, mutilation, navigation, nomination, obfuscation, objurgation, obligation, observation, occupation, operation, orchestration, ordination, oscillation, osculation, ostentation, ovulation, oxidation, pagination, palpitation, penetration, percolation, perforation, permeation, permutation, perpetration, perspiration, perturbation, pigmentation, pixilation, police station, pollination, population, postulation, power station, predication, preparation, presentation, preservation, proclamation, procreation, profanation, prolongation, promulgation, propagation, prorogation, protestation, provocation, publication, punctuation, radiation, recantation, recitation, reclamation, re-creation, recreation, reformation, refutation, registration, regulation, rehydration, relaxation, relocation, renovation, reparation, replication, reprobation, reputation, reservation, resignation, respiration, restoration, retardation, revelation, revocation, ruination, rumination, rustication, salutation, sanitation, saturation, segmentation, segregation, separation, sequestration, service station, sexploitation, simulation, situation, speciation, speculation, spoliation, stimulation, stipulation, strangulation, structuration, stylization, subjugation, sublimation, suffocation, syncopation, syndication, tabulation, termination, T formation, titillation, toleration, transfer station, transformation, translocation, transmigration, transmutation, transpiration, transplantation, transportation, trepidation, tribulation, ulceration, ululation, undulation, urination, vaccination, vacillation, validation, valuation, variation, vegetation, veneration, ventilation, vindication, violation, visitation, weather station


CONSTELLATION Defined for Kids

constellation

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noun con·stel·la·tion \ˌkän-stə-ˈlā-shən\

Definition of constellation for Students

  1. :  any of 88 named groups of stars forming patterns




Medical Dictionary

constellation

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noun con·stel·la·tion \ˌkän(t)-stə-ˈlā-shən\

Medical Definition of constellation

  1. :  a set of ideas, conditions, symptoms, or traits that fall into or appear to fall into a pattern: asa:  a group of stimulus conditions or factors affecting personality and behavior development <the way in which family constellation and handling of punishment influenced this particular boy—S. B. Sarason>b:  a group of behavioral or personality traits





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