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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Asteroid  \As"ter*oid\,  n.  [Gr.  ?  starlike,  starry;  'asth`r  star 
  +  ?  form:  cf  F.  ast['e]ro["i]de.  See  {Aster}.] 
  A  starlike  body;  esp.  one  of  the  numerous  small  planets  whose 
  orbits  lie  between  those  of  Mars  and  Jupiter;  --  called  also 
  {planetoids}  and  {minor  planets}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  asteroid 
  adj  :  shaped  like  a  star  [syn:  {star-shaped}] 
  n  :  any  of  numerous  small  celestial  bodies  composed  of  rock  and 
  metal  that  move  around  the  sun  (mainly  between  the  orbits 
  of  Mars  and  Jupiter)  [syn:  {minor  planet},  {planetoid}] 




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