giant star


: a star of great luminosity and of large mass

Examples of giant star in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the Milky Way galaxy, these giant stars are particularly challenging for astronomers to observe. Laura Baisas, Popular Science, 29 Nov. 2023 The pop star was the centerpiece of a Verizon commercial during the second half of the game that seemed fairly typical—a giant star teaming with a company to promote its services in a humorous manner. Chris Morris, Fortune, 12 Feb. 2024 But when aging, giant stars run out of fuel, their own gravity overwhelms fusion’s outward push. Will Sullivan, Smithsonian Magazine, 13 Dec. 2023 There are people in giant star costumes frolicking on the stage. Chris Klimek, Smithsonian Magazine, 21 Dec. 2023 Then, in 2003, astronomers watching a nearby afterglow saw the brilliant fireworks of a supernova just days after a long gamma-ray burst: The burst had signaled the first stage in the death of a giant star. Quanta Magazine, 13 Dec. 2023 This rendering shows the hydrodynamic flow of matter in a giant star's core. Discover Magazine, 29 June 2010 Leave tradition behind and commit to a modern aesthetic with these pretty hanging sphere lights that look like giant stars. Matthew Parker, Rolling Stone, 8 Nov. 2023 Furious Endings Right before the moment of its death, a giant star is an inflated, grotesque creature. Popular Mechanics, 18 Apr. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1912, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of giant star was in 1912

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“Giant star.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

giant star

: a very bright star of large mass

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