One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1informal An astronomer or astrologer.
- ‘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.’
- ‘The recent launch of Kerry Astronomy Club has been very good news for all stargazers in the area.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Unlike other stargazers, my friend does not resort to performing calculations with birthdays and positions of planets or shuffling and reading tarot cards.’
- ‘Astronomers, astronauts, and old-fashioned stargazers will be on hand to help them explore the romance of the night sky.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The young stargazer's actions have been greeted with glee by Southampton astronomers who have long been campaigning for a clear night sky.’
- ‘One of the stargazers was solar astronomer, Professor John Parkinson, from Sheffield Hallam University in England.’
- ‘The telescopes will be available to the public on the first Friday of every month to give fledgling stargazers an insight into astronomy.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The rugged interior of Tenerife is one of the best short-haul destinations for stargazers.’
- ‘That will be good news for the north west's stargazers.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘If weather conditions prohibit viewing the space station, stargazers will have to be content with Venus which is renowned for its seasonal appearances.’
- ‘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.’
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.
a widely distributed fish that has electric organs (family Uranoscopidae: several genera).
('sand stargazer') a western Atlantic fish (family Dactyloscopidae: several genera).
- ‘Emperor shrimp danced over sea cucumbers' backs and stargazers gazed into the blackness with their sad smiles.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘We were rewarded with a stargazer, motionless on the bottom, waiting for its prey.’
- ‘A similar species is the stargazer, which has two venomous spines, one each side behind the gill covers.’
- ‘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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