polaris


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

North \North\, a.
   Lying toward the north; situated at the north, or in a
   northern direction from the point of observation or
   reckoning; proceeding toward the north, or coming from the
   north.
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   North following. See Following, a., 2.

   North pole, that point in the heavens, or on the earth,
      ninety degrees from the equator toward the north.

   North preceding. See Following, a., 2.

   North star, the star toward which the north pole of the
      earth very nearly points, and which accordingly seems
      fixed and immovable in the sky. The star [alpha] (alpha)
      of the Little Bear, is our present north star, being
      distant from the pole about 1[deg] 25', and from year to
      year approaching slowly nearer to it. It is called also
      Cynosura, polestar, and by astronomers, Polaris.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Polaris \Po*la"ris\, n. [NL. See Polar.] (Astron.)
   The polestar. See North star, under North.
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