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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.
Recent Examples on the Web And in fact, excited enough to be inspired to start sharing stargazing tidbits with you on a weekly basis. Nicole Clausing, Sunset Magazine, "Don’t Miss the Year’s Most Dramatic Meteor Shower," 11 Aug. 2020 The simple act of stargazing is an experience shared by almost every human on the planet. Emily Levesque, Popular Science, "A night in the life of a professional stargazer," 5 Aug. 2020 Near Flagstaff, Skiff said, Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument and Wupatki National Monument are popular stargazing locations. Shaena Montanari, The Arizona Republic, "Best places for stargazing in Arizona: Where to see the Milky Way, meteors and planets," 25 June 2020 Accept the 5-Night Stargazer Challenge and get outside and do some stargazing this summer. Dean Regas, The Enquirer, "This new book is a guide for you to explore the universe," 23 June 2020 To the east of Phoenix, the trailhead at Picketpost Mountain near Superior is another good stargazing location. Shaena Montanari, The Arizona Republic, "Best places for stargazing in Arizona: Where to see the Milky Way, meteors and planets," 25 June 2020 This was no casual stargazing: Mr. Apt later became an astronaut, completing four space missions, including two spacewalks. Anthony Paletta, WSJ, "The House That Launched an Astronaut’s Career," 24 June 2020 Residents will get to take a virtual tour of the craters of the moon, learn about constellations, and discover apps to use on your smartphone for backyard stargazing. Chris Shelton, Houston Chronicle, "Calendar: Events to attend in the Humble area this month," 22 June 2020 But his latest creation, a megamansion with two safe rooms and a retractable roof for stargazing, isn’t listed for sale. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "For Rent in Los Angeles: A $350,000-a-Month Mansion to Ride Out the Pandemic," 20 May 2020

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First Known Use of stargazing

1576, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Stargazing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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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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