star·​gaz·​ing | \ˈstär-ˌgā-ziŋ \

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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While some teardrops feel a bit like a dark cave inside, the interior of the Droplet is bright and airy thanks to a half dome front window that provides great stargazing. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Tiny camper trailer can be towed by almost any car," 9 Oct. 2018 Although telescopes can be costly, Amazon is making the price of entry slightly lower today by taking 25 to 50 percent off Celestron telescopes and binoculars, the No.1 choice for any stargazing beginner. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "Start Stargazing With This Telescope Sale," 30 Aug. 2018 Bend, Oregon Sunriver Resort, 15 miles south of Bend, Oregon, takes its stargazing seriously. Megan Michelson, Outside Online, "These Are the Best Stargazing Spots in North America," 13 July 2018 Catch this summer's night sky in full force in one of these perfectly dark locales This summer is slated to be a stellar one for stargazing. Megan Michelson, Outside Online, "These Are the Best Stargazing Spots in North America," 13 July 2018 Be sure to check out the occasional stargazing parties at Alpenglow Observatory. Megan Michelson, Outside Online, "These Are the Best Stargazing Spots in North America," 13 July 2018 The trickiest part of summer stargazing may be finding a place dark enough to get a good view of the objects in the sky. Brian Resnick, Vox, "Summer is for meteor showers and stargazing. Here’s how to watch.," 22 June 2018 The limited run of this stargazing Steve Martin comedy, starring Laura Benanti, Keegan-Michael Key, Amy Schumer and Jeremy Shamos completes its orbit. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "What’s New in NYC Theater," 11 Jan. 2018 The first sweet snap shows the newborn stargazing with sisters Ella Rose, 11, and Emmie Kay, 8, in the backyard of their Waco farmhouse. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "Joanna Gaines Just Shared New Photo of Baby Crew With His Sisters and Our Hearts Can’t Take It," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of stargazing

1576, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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