Definition of star system in English:

star system

Pronunciation /stär ˈsistim/ /stɑr ˈsɪstɪm/ /ˈsistəm/ /ˈsɪstəm/

noun

  • 1A large number of stars with a perceptible structure; a galaxy.

    ‘Using our current spacecrafts it would take over 73,000 years to get to the nearest star system, Alpha Centauri.’
    • ‘At half the speed of light, travel time to Alpha Centauri, the nearest star system, would take nine years.’
    • ‘Near the geographic center of the galaxy was a binary star system called Theralia.’
    • ‘A joint European / University of Hawaii team of astronomers has for the first time observed a stellar ‘survivor’ to emerge from a double star system involving an exploded supernova.’
    • ‘Space is so vast the most likely result is a jump out to deep space somewhere many parsecs from the nearest star system.’
    • ‘The star system they had spent the last seventeen hours crossing was, according to Ayame and the other astronomers, a binary star system known to the human race by the names Beta Cygni and Albireo.’
    • ‘The home world has detected primitive, coded electromagnetic radiation from a star system some thirty light years distant.’
    • ‘The hologram faded and was replaced by the image of the Alpha Centauri binary star system.’
    • ‘He only knew that thirty ships had come through a wormhole that connected Granger's solar system to an uninhabited star system.’
    • ‘The cinematic opening of the game was complex and dramatic, introducing the characters and story in a big orchestral sequence as a star goes supernova, devastating a star system and killing the ship's captain.’
    • ‘Second, it is the only planet currently known to orbit a binary star system.’
    • ‘Some people believe that our secret Earth governments have been working hand-in-hand with the Roswell aliens from the Zeta Reticuli star system.’
    • ‘Our star system is chock full of asteroids and comets, in every conceivable orbit and location.’
    • ‘In a matter of hours or days it is possible to travel from one star system to another by creating a warp field that allows a spacecraft to slip into subspace.’
    • ‘So getting a note from one star system to the next would take more generations than the average human mind can contemplate.’
    • ‘The discovery offers astronomers a rare glimpse at a distant star system that resembles our home, and may represent a significant step toward learning if and where other Earths form.’
    • ‘So it was still officially known as P478-3, the third planet in the SSC478 star system.’
    • ‘The Jupiter 2 is speeding through the uncharted reaches of deepest space in search of a familiar star system.’
    • ‘In the star system, there are six planets, five that are inhabitable, as well as moons.’
    • ‘In fact, if you look at it through a small telescope you'll see that it's actually a double star system.’
  • 2The practice of promoting or otherwise favoring individuals who have become famous and popular, in particular in the motion-picture industry.

    ‘He is the main promoter of the star system which evaluates architects entirely by showbiz, shock or just their tendency to be as bloody minded and absurd as possible.’
    • ‘Our collective obsession with rock stars and the cult of the individual star system is reinforced by the book.’
    • ‘There you have it: tit and tat, the binary star system of modern political reporting.’
    • ‘That staff meeting was extraordinary on Wednesday, because of all the resentment that seemed to bubble up about Howell Raines and his management style on his star system.’
    • ‘Insofar as the business of film acting, and especially the star system, relies on recognizability, marketability, and the necessity for known commodities, typecasting will be part of the institution.’
    • ‘I can't imagine a better film to show up the false critique of the star system in America's Sweethearts.’
    • ‘She was also a famous actress in Bollywood's star system, appearing in over 200 films, including Gol Maal, Khubsoorat and A Passage to India, among many others.’
    • ‘‘Journalism rests on the star system, and there are good reasons for that,’ said Goldstein.’
    • ‘There are all sorts of intelligent business and aesthetic arguments against the star system, but they ultimately crumble before one overriding reality: movies are about stars.’
    • ‘The link between Americanization and cultural dependence began with the Hollywood movie industry cartel in the 1920s and the star system on which it was based.’
    • ‘Even when false, those comments feed the larger perception of a star system, which has become embedded in fans, coaches, media members and players alike.’
    • ‘She was a Maria Callas but the star system wasn't quite as big as it is in our world.’
    • ‘We're led to believe that there's a Wimbledon star system that rivals the Hollywood star system.’
    • ‘Like recent movies The Kid Stays in the Picture and Mulholland Drive, Sunset Boulevard explores the Hollywood star system.’
    • ‘Stable long-term residences at the Rose and the Globe after 1594 allowed a star system to develop with Edward Alleyn for the Admiral's and Richard Burbage for the Chamberlain's Men being the most highly praised actors of their time.’
    • ‘As he and his brother built the company, they ‘held aloof from Hollywood - its glamour and hedonism, its star system and cutthroat deal-making,’ Stewart writes.’
    • ‘‘I'm not sure we want to stick a dagger in the heart of the star system,’ she said, ‘or we'd pretty well take the air out of journalism.’’
    • ‘‘And that's the real problem with the way the media cover African American studies - it creates this illusion that the whole thing is driven by a star system,’ she says.’
    • ‘Actually the old Hollywood directors were far more educated even though I didn't like their films either because they were films that were constantly being diminished by the compromises of the star system, by the economics of it.’
    • ‘In a company that avoids the star system, she has become something of an unofficial prima ballerina: not only a superb and effortless technician, but an actress of exceptional subtlety and range.’