Definitions for: Constellation


[n] an arrangement of parts or elements; "the outcome depends on the configuration of influences at the time"
[n]



Webster (1913) Definition: Con`stel*la"tion, n. [F. constellation, L.
constellatio.]
1. A cluster or group of fixed stars, or dvision of the
heavens, designated in most cases by the name of some
animal, or of some mythologial personage, within whose
imaginary outline, as traced upon the heavens, the group
is included.

The constellations seem to have been almost
purposely named and delineated to cause as much
confusion and inconvenience as possible. --Sir J.
Herschel.

Note: In each of the constellations now recognized by
astronomers (about 90 in number) the brightest stars,
both named and unnamed, are designated nearly in the
order of brilliancy by the letters of the Greek
alphabet; as, [alpha] Tauri (Aldebaran) is the first
star of Taurus, [gamma] Orionis (Bellatrix) is the
third star of Orion.

2. An assemblage of splendors or excellences.

The constellations of genius had already begun to
show itself . . . which was to shed a glory over the
meridian and close of Philip's reign. --Prescott.

3. Fortune; fate; destiny. [Obs.]

It is constellation, which causeth all that a man
doeth. --Gower.

Synonyms: configuration

See Also: Andromeda, Antlia, Apus, Aquarius, Aquila, Ara, Argo, Aries, asterism, Auriga, Bootes, Caelum, Cancer, Canis Major, Canis Minor, Capricorn, Capricornus, Carina, Cassiopeia, Centaur, Centaurus, Cepheus, Cetus, Chamaeleon, Chameleon, Charioteer, chunking, Circinus, Columba, Coma Berenices, Corona Borealis, Corvus, Crater, Crow, Cygnus, Delphinus, Dorado, Dove, Draco, Dragon, Eridanus, Fornax, Gemini, Great Bear, Great Dog, Grus, Hercules, Hydra, Hydrus, Indus, Leo, Lepus, Libra, Little Bear, Little Dog, Lupus, Lyra, Mensa, Microscopium, Musca, natural object, Norma, Octans, Ophiuchus, Orion, redundancy, Snake, structure, The Centaur, the Crane, The Hunter, unitization, Ursa Major, Ursa Minor




Famous Quotes Containing Constellation:


If there is any fixed star in our constitutional constellation, it is that no official, high or petty, can prescribe what shall be orthodox in politics, nationalism, religion, or other matters of opinion, or force citizens to confess by word or act.

-- Robert Jackson (American Statesman)


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