fixed star

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From earlier fixed star (comet, meteor), alteration of faxed star. Change in meaning influenced by fixed (stationary, remaining in place).


fixed star (plural fixed stars)

  1. (astronomy) Any star that is so distant that its movement, relative to others, is not perceptible; in practice, any star except the sun

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