Definition of starburst in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈstärˌbərst/


1A pattern of lines or rays radiating from a central object or source of light: [as modifier]: a starburst pattern
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  • 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.
1.1An explosion producing a starburst effect.
Example sentences
  • The starburst sound effect continues to blow the listener out of the room on high volume.
  • Above the trenches, starbursts of artillery lit the sky, dissolving into green and red and orange streaks.
  • As the voices grow quieter and then fall into silence, somewhere a child lights off a Roman candle, and the resulting starburst reminds those gathered of a prayer answered, a request granted.
1.2A camera lens attachment that produces a pattern of rays around the image of a source of light.
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  • 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.
1.3A period of intense activity in a galaxy involving the formation of stars.
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  • 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.

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Syllabification: star·burst

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