Definition of Little Dipper

1. Noun. A cluster of seven stars in Ursa Minor; at the end of the dipper's handle is Polaris.

Exact synonyms: Dipper
Generic synonyms: Asterism
Group relationships: Little Bear, Ursa Minor
Member holonyms: North Star, Polar Star, Polaris, Pole Star, Polestar

Definition of Little Dipper

1. Proper noun. (constellation) A bright circumpolar asterism of the northern sky, said to resemble a ladle or cart. It is part of the constellation Ursa Minor and includes the northern pole star Polaris. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Little Dipper

Lithuanian Hound
Lithuanian Hounds
Lithuanian SSR
Lithuanian monetary unit
Litocranius walleri
Little's area
Little's disease
Little Bear
Little Bighorn
Little Bighorn River
Little Boy
Little Christmas
Little Dipper (current term)
Little Dog
Little Englander
Little Horn
Little Joe
Little John
Little League
Little Lord Fauntleroy
Little Missouri
Little Missouri River
Little Mo Connolly
Little Office
Little Phoebe
Little Red Ricing Hood
Little Red Riding Hood

Literary usage of Little Dipper

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Handbook of Nature-study for Teachers and Parents: Based on the Cornell by Anna Botsford Comstock (1911)
"Let the pupils find the Little Dipper in the sky for themselves and ask ... Is the Little Dipper nearer or farther from the Pole- star than the Big Dipper? ..."

2. Astronomy by Observation: An Elementary Text-book for High-schools and Academies by Eliza A. Bowen (1886)
"Fronting this page, there is a small map containing three very important groups of stars, called the Great Dipper, the Little Dipper, and Cassiopeia's Chair ..."

3. The Riverside Readers by James Hixon Van Sickle, Wilhelmina Seegmiller (1911)
"Now, any bright night you can find the big dipper in the sky; and, if you look well, you will find a little dipper, too. Will you find a big bucket by the ..."

4. Everyday Science by William Henry Snyder (1919)
"The Great Bear and the Little Bear — or, as they are more commonly called, the Big Dipper and the Little Dipper — are probably the best known of all the ..."

5. The World Book: Organized Knowledge in Story and Picture edited by Michael Vincent O'Shea, Ellsworth D. Foster, George Herbert Locke (1917)
"The Pole Star is the tip of the Little Bear's tail, or as others have it, the end of the handle of the Little Dipper. East of the Little Dipper is Draco, ..."

6. Common School Education: Devoted to the Art of Instruction (1889)
"... drawn ; so the teacher draws the seven stars that form the Little Dipper, and tells the children of the two bright ones besides the North Star. ..."

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