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

Example Sentences

We left the city after dark to do some stargazing.
Recent Examples on the Web This remote location helps keep light pollution at bay, making Cherry Springs one of the United States' darkest places, and a superior stargazing site. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, 10 Nov. 2022 The exclusive experience includes a personal chef, rustic mountain design, and activities like horseback riding, fishing, stargazing, skeet shooting, wildlife viewing, hiking, and archery. Krista Simmons, Sunset Magazine, 10 Nov. 2022 The ship’s high-tech telescope allows exceptional stargazing beneath ink-black night sky, twinkling with planets and constellations. Laura Manske, Forbes, 15 July 2022 The über-dark night sky offers world-class stargazing. Outside Online, 17 June 2021 In the meantime, Iran’s burgeoning astronomy community—just a couple of dozen strong at the project’s outset but several hundred scientists and students today, Khosroshahi says—is looking forward to some serious stargazing. Byrichard Stone, science.org, 19 Oct. 2022 Even in the summertime, the epic technicolored sunsets are only to be outdone by the spectacular stargazing. Krista Simmons, Sunset Magazine, 5 Oct. 2022 The organization Stargazers of Hawaii hosts public stargazing shows across Oahu, setting up telescopes and teaching families about the constellations and mythology around stars. Kathleen Wong, USA TODAY, 24 Sep. 2022 There was a natural wine garden, ambient sound baths where attendees could sip mushroom tea, late-night stargazing and a pool party. Taylor Lorenz, Washington Post, 27 Aug. 2022 See More

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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 9 Dec. 2022.

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