Definition of burster in English:


Line breaks: burst¦er
Pronunciation: /ˈbəːstə


  • 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.
  • 2 informal A 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.
  • 3A machine which 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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