giant star

noun

Definition of giant star

: a star of great luminosity and of large mass

Examples of giant star in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sagittarius is spotted with colorful gas clouds or giant star factories, such as the Lagoon Nebula. National Geographic, "Is the robot future now?," 19 Aug. 2020 The black hole sucks matter from the giant star, forming a swirling accretion disk that drains into the black hole. Popular Science, "These two celestial bodies share a heartbeat, puzzling scientists," 24 Aug. 2020 According to the release, the black hole is a part of a system that includes a giant star 30 times the mass of the sun. Eric Todisco, PEOPLE.com, "Scientists Find Mysterious ‘Heartbeat’ in Galactic Gas Cloud — and Twitter Jokes ‘Galactus Is Coming!’," 18 Aug. 2020 But the tiniest cover is still set into motion by a giant star. Shana Naomi Krochmal, EW.com, "How Charlize Theron shot her own EW digital cover for The Old Guard," 8 July 2020 Below it, a single giant star 200,000 times brighter than the sun has blown its own blue bubble of gas. Dennis Overbye, New York Times, "Hubble Marks 30 Years of Seeing a Universe Being Born and Dying," 24 Apr. 2020 The global lockdown has created a huge fall in demand, but the more systemic giant staring down on us is debt. The Economist, "The world after covid-19 Guy Standing on how lockdowns make the case for a basic income," 20 May 2020 Even farther out, there's a torus of material that's still expanding away from the stars, possibly first ejected when the envelope of the giant star first engulfed its companion. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Images obtained of two stars in the process of a merger," 5 Feb. 2020 The incredibly violent explosion, which occurs when a giant star has finally run out of the fuel that fires its fusion reaction, briefly outshines all the rest of the stars in that galaxy put together. NBC News, "Astronomers want to see a supernova. A dimming star is giving them hope.," 5 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of giant star

1912, in the meaning defined above

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“Giant star.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/giant%20star. Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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