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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After a day of wine-tasting, pour yourself a final glass, light a fire in your outdoor fireplace, and get ready for some epic stargazing. Condé Nast Traveler, "A Perfect Weekend in Baja's Wine Country," 28 Sep. 2018 Outdoorsy types should head straight for Joshua Tree National Park (about an hour’s drive from downtown) for some hiking and epic stargazing. Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Cities in the U.S.: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 Guests of Sao Lourenco do Barrocal, a farming village turned luxury resort can even have stargazing guides from the observatory come to them armed with telescopes. Matthew Kronsberg, WSJ, "Vacation in Portugal the Less-Obvious Way," 10 Aug. 2018 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

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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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