*

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Character  * 
Unicode name ASTERISK
Unicode block Basic Latin
Codepoint U+002A
) ← Basic Latin → +
See also: , , ٭, , , and

Translingual[edit]

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Symbol[edit]

*

  1. (alchemy) The symbol for sal ammoniac.
  2. (astronomy) A star.
  3. (algebra) Complex or transpose conjugate; conjugate.
  4. (linear algebra) Dual space
  5. (algebra, computer science) Free monoid or Kleene star.
    In the language defined by AB*A, each string starts with an A, ends with a distinct A, and between them has zero or more Bs.

Derived terms[edit]

  • (small form variant)
  • (astronomy): V*, Cl*

Punctuation mark[edit]

*

  1. Used at the beginning of a footnote, especially if it is the only one on the page, and after a word, phrase, or sentence that this footnote relates to.
  2. (Internet slang, informal) Used in pairs around a word or phrase to indicate emphasis; especially, used in plain-text contexts to simulate italics or boldface.
    This is a *big* problem.
  3. (linguistics) Used before a term to denote that it is only hypothesized and not actually attested, conveying two distinct notions:
    1. That the word is reconstructed on the basis of comparative method by linguists, as the plausible ancestor form of existing, attested term in one or more languages.
      It is speculated that Proto-Indo-European *sneygʷʰos is the etymon of both Latin nix and English snow.
    2. That the word is reconstructed by linguists as the etymon of some of the attested words, but in a more uncertain, speculative way, usually hypothesizing not on the basis of regular sound correspondences of the comparative method, but on the basis of some far-fetched prehistoric relationship that cannot be neither proved nor disproved, or otherwise scientifically falsified.
      His theory of the Proto-Slavic *kъniga being ultimately derived from Chinese, via the middle form *kūinig, reflecting ancient routes of cultural influx from the East, has not gained a firm ground in the Slavicist circles in the last century.
  4. (linguistics) Used before a term (word, or a sentence or phrase) to show that it is grammatically incorrect, or in some other way ill-formed.
    Words with certain consonant clusters, such as *mptoku, are not normally possible in English language.
    Roots like **bep- were not allowed in Proto-Indo-European.
  5. (Internet slang) Used before or after a word to show a correction has been made, chiefly by the same participant.
    I'm our of time. / out*
  6. (computing) Used in various computing contexts as a multiplication symbol.
  7. (Internet) Indicates a field of a form that should be filled out obligatorily.
  8. (cricket) Marks a score or statistic that is incomplete; for example the score of a batsman who is (or was) not out.
  9. (computing) Used as a wildcard to denote zero or more characters.

Synonyms[edit]

  • (multiplication symbol): ×, x, ·
  • (wildcard): %

Derived terms[edit]

  • (multiplication symbol): **

Coordinate terms[edit]

  • (beginning a footnote): , , **
  • (multiplication symbol): +, -, /, %, ^, **
  • (for emphasis): /, _, [capitalization], [all-capitals]
  • (grammatically incorrect): ?
  • (wildcard): ?

Usage notes[edit]

The English names are asterisk and star.


English[edit]

Abbreviation[edit]

*

  1. (text messaging) star
    ur a *! — Your a star!
  2. (text messaging) Replacing the sounding /-ɑː(r)/ (star) on any word that has this pronunciation or similar.
    e.g. *t (start), *fish (starfish), *g8 (stargate)