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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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 There will be exploring games and activities like expert stargazing, campfire stories, movies and of course, s'mores. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Where to find free music, beer in Milwaukee's southwest suburbs," 25 June 2018 Use one of the forest preserve district’s canoes or kayaks and paddle out for some stargazing during the Delta Aquarids meteor shower. Paige Fumo Fox, Daily Southtown, "Ahoy, paddlers: Local lakes and rivers beckon," 13 June 2018 Saturday also offers the ever-popular program Cool Jobs — want to be a herpetologist or a NASA engineer? — at New York University, and free stargazing in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Laurel Graeber, New York Times, "7 Things to Do With Your Kids in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 31 May 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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