star system

noun

Definition of star system 

: the practice of casting famous performers in principal roles (as in motion pictures or the theater) especially in order to capitalize on their popular appeal

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The image shows a planet about four times the size of Jupiter orbiting a young star and clearing away a region of the dust and debris surrounding the star system. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "The First Picture of a Newborn Planet," 2 July 2018 Mendez works at the University of Puerto Rico at Arecibo, training the telescope toward red dwarf star systems that have planets, to understand more about their habitability. Sarah Scoles, WIRED, "Puerto Rico's Observatory Is Still Recovering From Hurricane Maria," 15 June 2018 The tech environment’s star system is a big part of the problem. Ellen Pao, WIRED, "The Perverse Incentives That Help Incels Thrive in Tech," 19 June 2018 My response to this melancholy logic is to note that most of the star systems examined by SETI scientists are less than a few hundred light-years away. NBC News, "Space aliens could have died out long ago, scientist says," 11 Apr. 2018 Astronomers say the comet may well have been wandering through our Milky Way galaxy, unattached to any star system, for hundreds of millions of years before its chance encounter with our own solar system. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Weird visitor from outer space – 'Oumuamua – was a comet after all," 27 June 2018 Finding a habitable planet in the nearest star system is an ongoing quest. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "One of the Three Closest Stars Looks Friendly for Life," 6 June 2018 The college football recruiting star system is intended to project which players will excel on the college level and most likely make it to the NFL. Josh Bean | Jbean@al.com, AL.com, "Was Gronk a 5-star recruit? See how today's Super Bowl LII players ranked on HS star system," 4 Feb. 2018 Like the star system itself, America’s version of the no-fault divorce was invented in California. Jess Bergman, The New Republic, "The Birth of Breakups," 18 June 2018

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First Known Use of star system

1822, in the meaning defined above

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