Definition of constellation in English:

constellation

noun

  • 1A group of stars forming a recognizable pattern that is traditionally named after its apparent form or identified with a mythological figure.

    • ‘Even to this day their name is associated with a number of stars, constellations, and astronomical instruments.’
    • ‘He described hundreds of stars and the constellations and in the Milky Way which had never been seen or even suspected before.’
    • ‘Section IV takes us off the land and into comets, galaxies and constellations of stars.’
    • ‘If you look at the night sky and wish you could name all the stars and constellations, you can.’
    • ‘Instead she tried to name the constellations in the stars.’
    • ‘You see thousands of stars arranged in patterns or constellations.’
    • ‘They played connect-the-dots with stars and came up with constellations that involved mythical figures and stories.’
    • ‘Meteor showers are named after the constellations they appear to be coming from.’
    • ‘Like all the other identified extra-solar planets, the body found orbiting the star in the constellation Lyra is a giant.’
    • ‘Centaurus is a southern constellation and its brightest stars are not visible in regions above latitude 29 north.’
    • ‘I was lying on the ground in front of someone's house watching the stars, the constellation, Cassiopeia.’
    • ‘The site's astronomers (in Michigan) annotate the photos, so stars, constellations and planets are all clearly identified.’
    • ‘Maria and her father lay out under the stars, naming the constellations.’
    • ‘Look for the brightest stars and constellations first; light pollution or moonlight may wash out the fainter ones.’
    • ‘It represents the constellations Ursa Major and Ursa Minor (the Great Bear and the Little Bear) in the night sky.’
    • ‘But it is a moving zodiac that no longer bears direct relation to the constellations of stars in whose honour its signs are named.’
    • ‘And in which constellation is that Great Nebula, the constellation which then gave its name to the galaxy?’
    • ‘Part of the constellation Puppis, the star is a tad too faint to see with the unaided eye.’
    • ‘North of Orion lies a pentagon of stars which mark the constellation Auriga, the brightest of which is Capella.’
    • ‘The centre of our galaxy lies within a cluster of stars in the constellation Sagittarius.’
    star system, solar system, constellation, cluster, nebula
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    1. 1.1A group of associated or similar people or things.
      ‘no two patients ever show exactly the same constellation of symptoms’
      • ‘He clearly delineated the constellation of today's fine art world by flowing and following the mainstreams.’
      • ‘However, this improved prognosis is seen only when one finds the complete constellation of diagnostic features.’
      • ‘A whole constellation of imaging products is now maturing into commercial viability.’
      • ‘Rather, its impact is felt through people's concern with a constellation of ideas which are linked by the fact that they are presupposed by social Darwinism.’
      • ‘That morning, a peddler on Broad Street had extended a constellation of needle marks into her path, hand holding a fake plastic flower.’
      • ‘Perhaps it says a lot for the depth of Brazil's squad that they have advanced to the latter stages bereft of such a constellation of talent.’
      • ‘In fact, I visualize the constellation of events and characters in my novels with these pictures.’
      • ‘He has gladly capitulated to a constellation of race-hustling poverty pimps in an repellent effort to hang on at all costs.’
      • ‘They must find the new constellation of goods that the gift represents more attractive than the one they are used to.’
      • ‘If women present with a different constellation of symptoms, they're less likely to associate those symptoms with heart disease.’
      • ‘The map of Europe is dotted with a constellation of spa towns.’
      • ‘The bullets found easy victims and a constellation of flashing lights lit up the smoke-filled cabin, accompanied by a staccato roar.’
      • ‘In each case, the same constellation of notions emerges.’
      • ‘Both of these are definitely important considerations that capital owners weigh, but they are amongst a constellation of many others.’
      • ‘In the process, a constellation of personal qualities has been derided and devalued, and is in the process of vanishing altogether.’
      • ‘Similarly, data communications, including emergency service, is a natural use for a constellation of such satellites.’
      • ‘What a constellation of small joys Sunday turned out to be.’
      • ‘This constellation of images, and the devil in its dialectic, is nicely captured in this passage.’
      • ‘The Defense Department has not yet selected all of the future locations for its new constellation of overseas facilities.’
      • ‘The constellation of these artists and their painted and sculpted expressions is impressive in its rhetoric and spectacle.’

Origin

Middle English (as an astrological term denoting the relative positions of the ‘stars’ (planets), supposed to influence events): via Old French from late Latin constellatio(n-), based on Latin stella star.

Pronunciation:

constellation

/ˌkɒnstəˈleɪʃ(ə)n/