star·​gaz·​ing | \ ˈstär-ˌgā-ziŋ How to pronounce stargazing (audio) \

Definition of stargazing

1 : the act or practice of a stargazer
2a : absorption in chimerical or impractical ideas : woolgathering
b : the quality or state of being absentminded

Examples of stargazing in a Sentence

We left the city after dark to do some stargazing.
Recent Examples on the Web Being outdoors for a night of stargazing is an incredible experience. Karthika Gupta, Condé Nast Traveler, 20 July 2021 Play golf, tennis, or pickleball or take advantage of concierge arrangements for hot air balloon rides, stargazing, biking, hiking, and more. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, 22 Aug. 2021 At night, wind down with stargazing, as Waterton is a provisional International Dark Sky Park that makes for dazzling constellations. Caleigh Alleyne, Condé Nast Traveler, 18 Aug. 2021 Located in Sugarloaf Ridge State Park in Santa Rosa, this is the largest observatory on the West Coast and is nestled amid a ring of hills that block out the light pollution from nearby cities, making for optimal stargazing. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 30 July 2021 On our last night we were picked up by Ryan Hennessy, an astrophysicist and stargazing guide. Janine Di Giovanni, Travel + Leisure, 20 July 2021 One of my favorite stargazing trips was seeing the Milky Way from my tent in Great Sand Dunes National Park, which is one of the many dark sky locations in the U.S. Karthika Gupta, Condé Nast Traveler, 20 July 2021 The hotel's Sleeping Under the Stars experience aims to introduce guests to the dark skies and incredible stargazing for which the area is known. Juliet Izon, CNN, 19 July 2021 Jeep then promotes flat-seat stargazing, showing the couple lying in the Wrangler watching the skies above as the Jeep drives them to their destination. Caleb Miller, Car and Driver, 9 July 2021

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First Known Use of stargazing

1576, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of stargazing was in 1576

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5 Sep 2021

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“Stargazing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of stargazing

: the act or practice of looking at or studying the stars

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