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Charles's Wain

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Charles's Wain a group of seven bright stars in the constellation Ursa Major
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Charles's Wain (Astron) The group of seven stars, commonly called the Big Dipper, in the constellation Ursa Major, or Great Bear. See Ursa major, under Ursa.☞ The name is sometimes also applied to the Constellation.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Charles's Wain a name given to the seven bright stars in Ursa Major, the Plough.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Charles, + wain,; cf. AS. Carles wǣn,for wægn,), Sw. karlvagnen, Dan. karlsvogn,. See Churl, and Wain
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. Carles wægn, Carl being Charlemagne.

Usage

In literature:

What did she care for the progress of the hours, since the constellation of Charles's Wain showed her that it was past midnight?
"Arachne, Complete" by Georg Ebers
I turn away my head, and look out of the window up at Charles's Wain, and all my other bright old friends.
"Nancy" by Rhoda Broughton
CHARLES'S WAIN, the constellation of Ursa Major, a wagon without a wagoner.
"The Nuttall Encyclopaedia" by Edited by Rev. James Wood
Charles's-Wain was slowly turning its shaft in the night.
"A Love Episode" by Emile Zola
The pole of "Charles's Wain" in the heavens stood upward.
"The Nameless Castle" by Maurus Jókai
HIS SEVENFOLD TEME, the seven stars of Ursa Major, or Charles's Wain.
"Spenser's The Faerie Queene, Book I" by Edmund Spenser
One should always say Charles's Wain, not Charles' (as is the way Tennyson does in the "May Queen ").
"St. Nicholas Magazine for Boys and Girls, Vol. 5, Nov 1877-Nov 1878" by Various
All night she walked, guiding herself partly by the stars, for she knew that Charles's Wain always pointed to the north.
"The Madcap of the School" by Angela Brazil
The Great Bear is one of the constellations known from the oldest times; it is also sometimes called Charles's Wain, the Dipper, or the Plough.
"The Children's Book of Stars" by G.E. Mitton
For instance, the English children call the Dipper "Charles's wain" or "the wagon.
"Earth and Sky Every Child Should Know" by Julia Ellen Rogers
The constellation of the Great Bear, generally associated with Odin, is Karlswagen in German, and Charles's Wain in English.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 8" by Various
The Charles's-wain with the beloved maidens came now into the French princely garden.
"Titan: A Romance" by Jean Paul
Fred Leicester; or, The Southern Cross, and Charles's Wain.
"W.P. Nimmo Catalogue, Selected List, 1890" by Various
One more experiment with Charles's Wain, before we leave it, will help you to imagine the endless millions of stars which fill the universe.
"Through Magic Glasses and Other Lectures" by Arabella B. Buckley
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In poetry:

And Charles's Wain, the wondrous seven,
And sheep-flock clouds like worlds of wool,
For all they shine so, high in heaven,
Shew brighter shaken in Penmaen Pool.
"Penmaen Pool" by Gerard Manley Hopkins