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Meaning of asterisk

as•ter•isk

Pronunciation: (as'tu-risk), [key]
— n.
  1. a small starlike symbol (*), used in writing and printing as a reference mark or to indicate omission, doubtful matter, etc.
  2. the figure of a star (*) used to mark utterance that would be considered ungrammatical or otherwise unacceptable by native speakers of a language, as in * I enjoy to ski.
  3. the figure of a star (*) used to mark a hypothetical or reconstructed form that is not attested in a text or inscription.
  4. something in the shape of a star or asterisk.
—v.t.
  1. to mark with an asterisk.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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