One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1informal An astronomer or astrologer.
- ‘That will be good news for the north west's stargazers.’
- ‘Unlike other stargazers, my friend does not resort to performing calculations with birthdays and positions of planets or shuffling and reading tarot cards.’
- ‘One of the stargazers was solar astronomer, Professor John Parkinson, from Sheffield Hallam University in England.’
- ‘Astronomers, astronauts, and old-fashioned stargazers will be on hand to help them explore the romance of the night sky.’
- ‘A pioneering telescope that helped 18th century stargazers map the skies has returned to the East Yorkshire country home where it remained for two centuries.’
- ‘Keen amateur stargazers gathered in York today to take the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to observe the transit of Venus across the face of the sun.’
- ‘The recent launch of Kerry Astronomy Club has been very good news for all stargazers in the area.’
- ‘Hubble has been not only a boon to the nation's scientific community as well as amateur stargazers but also to school children brought to science by its amazing, penetrating look into space.’
- ‘Hundreds of stargazers had travelled as far north as Orkney and Shetland to witness the spectacular celestial event, but most were thwarted by clouds which obscured the rare phenomenon.’
- ‘Hitler had lost some of his faith in stargazers after his deputy had used astrological charts to plan a flight to Britain that ended with him being incarcerated.’
- ‘History will come full circle as stargazers from New Zealand head for Whitby to mark the astronomical achievements of Captain Cook and his ill fated Yorkshire astronomer, Charles Green.’
- ‘It will be used by astronomy club members and novice stargazers who will benefit from the forest's dark skies, unhindered by polluting street lights.’
- ‘Nearly 2,000 stargazers from all over the country flocked to the Yorkshire Coast to see a sunrise that lived up to its expectations of being one of the most spectacular this century.’
- ‘The rugged interior of Tenerife is one of the best short-haul destinations for stargazers.’
- ‘If weather conditions prohibit viewing the space station, stargazers will have to be content with Venus which is renowned for its seasonal appearances.’
- ‘The telescopes will be available to the public on the first Friday of every month to give fledgling stargazers an insight into astronomy.’
- ‘Hundreds of Sheffield stargazers rose with the larks yesterday to become some of the first in the city to see the planet passing between the Earth and the sun.’
- ‘Cyber-boffins at the University of York have launched a new website to help stargazers get the best views of one of the most mind-blowing of all natural phenomena.’
- ‘The young stargazer's actions have been greeted with glee by Southampton astronomers who have long been campaigning for a clear night sky.’
- ‘Phillip Perkins, an astronomer from Ramsbury, near Swindon, received thousands of emails from stargazers across the world after he set up a special internet broadcast of the event using two telescopes in his back garden.’
2Australian informal A horse that turns its head when galloping.
- ‘The small sail at the top of a mast was called a stargazer, and so is a Mediterranean fish with eyes set at the top of its head, and a horse that holds its head back.’
3A fish of warm seas that normally lies buried in the sand with only its eyes, which are on top of the head, protruding.
('sand stargazer') a western Atlantic fish (family Dactyloscopidae: several genera).
a widely distributed fish that has electric organs (family Uranoscopidae: several genera).
- ‘An ugly stargazer assumes its customary position half-buried in the sand’
- ‘Dactyloscopids derive their common name, sand stargazers, from their eyes, which protrude from the tops of their heads, sometimes on stalks.’
- ‘A similar species is the stargazer, which has two venomous spines, one each side behind the gill covers.’
- ‘We were rewarded with a stargazer, motionless on the bottom, waiting for its prey.’
- ‘Emperor shrimp danced over sea cucumbers' backs and stargazers gazed into the blackness with their sad smiles.’
- ‘A closely related Mediterranean fish, with similar characteristics and uses, is Uranoscopus scaber, the stargazer, so called because its eyes look upwards even more markedly than those of the weevers.’
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