Definition of burster in English:


Syllabification: burst·er
Pronunciation: /ˈbərstər


  • 1A thing that bursts, in particular.
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    • Since our phase resetting methods apply only to endogenous bursters, we constructed the simplest possible pattern generating circuit that is composed only of endogenous bursters and contains a biological neuron.
    • ‘Sometimes we have to be the bubble burster,’ he adds dryly.
    • They built up whole orchestras of crackers, roarers, bubblers, thunderers and bursters.
  • 1.1 Astronomy A cosmic source of powerful short-lived bursts of X-rays or other radiation.
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    • ‘For a few hundredths of a second, gamma-ray bursters produce the most extreme flash of any astronomical object,’ says Bruce Grossan of the Physics Division.
    • There is some speculation that gamma-ray bursters release the greatest amounts of energy since the Big Bang.
    • The launch date for NASA's Swift satellite - designed to detect and analyse gamma ray bursters - has been delayed thanks to a faulty third stage rocket on an unrelated launch.
  • 1.2A violent gale.
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    • The spatial variation of southerly burster, drainage flows and sea breezes in the Illawarra Region are discussed in detail.
    • The winds known as southerly bursters are generally to be expected from November to the end of February.
    • A more detailed study is made of two southerly bursters which occurred during an observational program held from 21 November 1982 until 13 December 1982.
  • 1.3A machine that separates continuous stationery into single sheets.
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    • This variable Burster is very simple to use and very quiet.
    • The company was formed in 1980 for the manufacture of bursters and decollators.
    • Finally, from the decolater the stationery is fed through a burster to separate each individual page.

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