Definition of starburst in English:


Line breaks: star|burst
Pronunciation: /ˈstɑːbəːst


  • 1A pattern of lines or rays radiating from a central object or source of light: [as modifier]: a starburst pattern
    More example sentences
    • The viewer was greeted by a starburst of white lines radiating from the center of a yellow, rectangular, floor-to-ceiling field.
    • Infected kernels may be pink or show a white starburst pattern radiating from the top of the kernel.
    • You will begin to see patterns and colours and starbursts.
  • 1.1A camera lens attachment that produces a pattern of rays around the image of a source of light: [as modifier]: a starburst filter
    More example sentences
    • Or opt for a rhinestone detail such as a starburst on the lower half of the lens.
    • He is also being asked about the starburst in one of the first images he captured.
  • 2A period of intense activity in a galaxy involving the formation of stars: [as modifier]: a starburst galaxy
    More example sentences
    • Here the star formation rate may be higher, so these galaxies are called starbursts.
    • NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory has found new populations of suspected mid-mass black holes in several starburst galaxies, where stars form and explode at an unusually high rate.
    • On a grander scale, the new nebula observations could hold clues to star formation in distant galaxies, including so-called starburst galaxies, in which stars are forming like gangbusters.

More definitions of starburst

Definition of starburst in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day astrogation
Pronunciation: ˌastrə(ʊ)ˈgeɪʃ(ə)n
(in science fiction) navigation in outer space