fixed star

The lower section of a swash plate in a helicopter rotor system that helps tilt the rotor blades. It is the nonrotating portion of the swash plate and is controlled by the cyclic controls.

Aviation dictionary. 2014.

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  • fixed star — n. any star that appeared to early astronomers to be in a fixed position when compared to other stars, in contrast to the planets, which were thought to be moving stars …   English World dictionary

  • fixed star — fixed′ star′ n. astron. any of the stars that apparently always retain the same position in respect to one another • Etymology: 1555–65 …   From formal English to slang

  • Fixed Star — Infobox Album | Name = Fixed Star Type = Album Artist = Arthur Loves Plastic Released = 2001 Recorded = Genre = Electronica Length = 49:48 Label = Machine Heart Music Producer = Arthur Loves Plastic Reviews = Last album = Second Avenue Detour… …   Wikipedia

  • fixed star — noun any star in the Ptolemaic theory of planetary motion • Hypernyms: ↑star * * * noun : a true star at such great distance that its motion can be measured only by very precise observations over long periods as distinguished from a planet or… …   Useful english dictionary

  • fixed star — star whose position in the sky appears to remain the same (in relation to other stars) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • fixed star — noun Astronomy, historical a star, as distinguished from a planet by its fixed position …   English new terms dictionary

  • fixed star — noun Any star that is so distant that its movement, relative to others, is not perceptible; in practice, any star except the Sun …   Wiktionary

  • fixed star — noun Date: 1551 a star so distant that its motion can be measured only by very precise observations over long periods …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • fixed star — Astron. any of the stars which apparently always retain the same position in respect to one another. [1555 65] * * * …   Universalium

  • fixed star — /fɪkst ˈsta/ (say fikst stah) noun any of the stars which apparently always retain the same position with respect to one another …   Australian English dictionary

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