constellation

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

Definition of constellation

1 : the configuration of stars especially at one's birth
2 : any of 88 arbitrary configurations of stars or an area of the celestial sphere covering one of these configurations the constellation Orion
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 : pattern, arrangement … taking advantage of the shifting constellation of power throughout the known world.— H. D. Lasswell

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Other Words from constellation

constellatory \ kən-​ˈste-​lə-​ˌtȯr-​ē \ adjective

Examples of constellation in a Sentence

The constellation Ursa Major contains the stars of the Big Dipper. A large constellation of relatives and friends attended the funeral. The patient presented a constellation of symptoms.
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On Friday, SpaceX delivered the last ten Iridium Next satellites into low-Earth orbit, completing the 75-unit constellation, reports CNN. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "SpaceX Launches Final Batch of Internet-Beaming Satellites for Iridium," 11 Jan. 2019 Book a trip to see the island’s lights—bioluminescence, and expansive constellations—all around. Ella Riley-adams, Vogue, "Why India’s Andaman Islands Could Be the New Maldives," 4 Jan. 2019 Fees for satellite-data services will also plummet, experts reckon, as new constellations of broadband satellites are launched. The Economist, "Avast, me hearties," 5 July 2018 SpaceX projects the constellation could grow to more than 11,000 satellites. Rob Copeland, WSJ, "Elon Musk’s SpaceX Is Raising $500 Million in Funding," 18 Dec. 2018 Her vision extends into the entire lobby: Silver leaves and Murano glass baubles are strewn throughout, and on the ceiling the zodiac sign constellations are projected. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "See Diane von Furstenberg’s Seriously Chic London Christmas Tree," 27 Nov. 2018 Bredesen crunched all these results with a computer algorithm that calculated a complex 36-point personalized therapeutic program to counteract Weinrich’s specific constellation of deficits. Linda Marsa, Discover Magazine, "A New Treatment for Alzheimer's? It Starts With Lifestyle," 16 Nov. 2018 The observatory offers both daytime solar viewings and guided constellation tours at night. Megan Michelson, Outside Online, "These Are the Best Stargazing Spots in North America," 13 July 2018 The light was coming from a blazar named TXS 0506+056, which sits just beneath the arm of the constellation Orion. Amina Khan, latimes.com, "After years of searching, scientists finally trace high-energy neutrinos to a distant blazar," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of constellation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for constellation

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

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constellation

noun

English Language Learners 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

constellation

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

Kids Definition of constellation

: any of 88 named groups of stars forming patterns

constellation

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

Medical Definition of constellation

: a set of ideas, conditions, symptoms, or traits that fall into or appear to fall into a pattern: as
a : 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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