Definition of sunburst in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsənˌbərst/


1A sudden brief appearance of the full sun from behind clouds.
Example sentences
  • Outside, it is a typical monsoon morning sky alternating between brilliant sunburst and darkening clouds.
  • As the blinding sunburst of light faded into fairy dust around him, Sam blinked.
  • Other times it was right on - the sunbursts that ended up coming from behind Derek's head as his band launched into the stratosphere.
1.1A decoration or ornament resembling the sun and its rays: [as modifier]: a pair of sunburst diamond earrings
More example sentences
  • On these, no neck rings interrupt the sweep of prism cuts from lip to shoulder, and the octagons contain only alternating sunbursts and sharp diamonds.
  • The sunburst necklace glittered under the water like a lost treasure.
  • She fingered the charm on her necklace, a golden sunburst with the shape of a silver crescent moon in the center.
1.2A pattern of irregular concentric bands of color with the brightest at the center.
Example sentences
  • Their organisation created mainly random patterns, but at times exploded into circular sunbursts, whimsical, floral.
  • Medallions in relief sunburst patterns alternating with exotic flowers recall the shields adorning entryways in Antiquity at the same time that they embody the vitalism of Martin's occultist obsessions.
  • Within the fields of marks, partial images emerge: one can make out spirals, fans, sunbursts and even arrangements suggesting iridescent eyes or a sparkling butterfly wing.

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Syllabification: sun·burst

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