stargazing

noun

star·​gaz·​ing ˈstär-ˌgā-ziŋ How to pronounce stargazing (audio)
1
: the act or practice of a stargazer
2
a
: absorption in chimerical or impractical ideas : woolgathering
b
: the quality or state of being absent-minded

Examples of stargazing in a Sentence

We left the city after dark to do some stargazing.
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Word History

First Known Use

1576, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of stargazing was in 1576

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“Stargazing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stargazing. Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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