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.

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Start with a discussion of astronomy past and present and end with a stargazing from the library grounds, weather permitting., "Community News For The Farmington Valley Edition," 5 Aug. 2019 When to Go: Sixty to 85 nights of the year have ideal stargazing conditions. National Geographic, "Electrifying places to visit if you love science," 17 June 2019 Laguna Beach event to include beer, wine, barbecue and stargazing Live music, craft beer, whiske y and stargazing will be featured at a Laguna Beach event Aug. 22. Daily Pilot, "Around Town: Jackson Browne, ‘Star Wars’ headline upcoming Pacific Amphitheatre concerts," 15 Aug. 2019 However, light pollution in highly populated areas like Los Angeles will make stargazing difficult, so plan accordingly. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "How To Watch the Perseids Meteor Shower Tonight," 12 Aug. 2019 Johnston said that’s a significant stride for stargazing, although even soft white light is cool-toned compared with the warm, orange hue of sodium streetlights. Katherine Rosenberg-douglas,, "West Nile virus could see an uptick in Chicago, a new study suggests. A culprit that’s saving the city millions could be to blame.," 30 July 2019 The Dark Skies of Wet Mountain Valley organization is dedicated to reducing light pollution and promoting stargazing. Hyoung Chang, The Denver Post, "WATCH: Visit a dark sky observatory for free stargazing in southern Colorado," 18 July 2019 Early stargazing in July is always a wonderful time. Mike Lynch, Twin Cities, "Sky Watch: Time to look for rings and the Red Spot as Saturn joins Jupiter," 30 June 2019 Should the Lakers find the right ones, their penchant for stargazing might not matter quite as much. Tania Ganguli,, "Lakers’ title aspirations could hinge on finding the right role players," 24 June 2019

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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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English Language Learners Definition of stargazing

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

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to make a temporary encampment

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