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cynosure


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Cynosure  \Cy"no*sure\  (s?"n?-sh?r  or  s?n"?-sh?r;  277),  n.  [L. 
  Cynosura  theconstellation  Cynosure,  Gr  ?????  dog's  tail,  the 
  constellation  Cynosure;  ????,  ????,  dog  +  ????  tail. 
  See{Cynic}.] 
  1.  The  constellation  of  the  Lesser  Bear,  to  which  as 
  containing  the  polar  star,  the  eyes  of  mariners  and 
  travelers  were  often  directed. 
 
  2.  That  which  serves  to  direct.  --Southey. 
 
  3.  Anything  to  which  attention  is  strongly  turned;  a  center 
  of  attraction. 
 
  Where  perhaps  some  beauty  lies,  The  cynosure  of 
  neighboring  eyes.  --Milton. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  cynosure 
  n  :  something  that  strongly  attracts  attention  (as  the  north 
  star  attracts  mariners);  "let  faith  be  your  cynosure  to 
  walk  by" 




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