Wednesday, January 26, 2011


Princeton says:

  • (scatter or intersperse like dots or studs) "Hills constellated with lights"
  • (come together as in a cluster or flock) "The poets constellate in this town every summer"
  • (form a constellation or cluster)
Webster says
: to unite in a cluster
: to set or adorn with or as if with constellations

My input:
This is a weird word, if Princeton is correct. One definition is to scatter, and one definition is to come together. It seems like an antonym for constellate is constellate.

Pronunciation: Con as in concentrate. Stell rhymes with bull. Ate as in... ate, or eight.
Webster audio

dot, stud (1st princeton definition)
cluster,  flock, clump

I wonder how many words have accepted definitions that are opposite of each other. I imagine archaic words could change that way. An example similar to that is how stink and stench just meant how someone smelled, but it has become negative. Even the word smell can be negative, as in "you smell".


  1. That's a good word. If you used this in an essay instead of the word "scattered" or something you'd sound real smart.
    I'm ok at HoN. I'm pretty good with support but not so good with anything else. I used to be reeeeal good with Nymphora but they just nerfed her ):< so I've been maining Bubbles lately.

  2. ah interesting word, good blog. i like this.