- noun an astronomical object whose temperature and density is high enough to allow energy to be generated by nuclear fusion
- Celestial body whose temperature and density is high enough to allow energy to be generated by nuclear fusion. A massive range of star types have been catalogued and described, ranging in size from less than 0.1 solar masses to about 100. Most stars follow a simple, almost straight-line, relationship linking their mass to their light output or luminosity, the Hertzsprung-Russell diagram. Stars are the basic study of most astronomers and astrophysicists, who in recent years have addressed issues including star formation, the later lives of stars after the major process of energy production – the production of helium by fusing hydrogen – has ceased, and the dynamics of interacting multiple stars, especially those involving a collapsed star and a normal one.
- A large self-luminous celestial body, usually composed of gases, which derives its energy from nuclear energy within its core. The sun is an example.
- That which has a central hub or node and is connected to other things which surround said center. Also that which is similarly configured. For example, a star network or a star ground.
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