giant star


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 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 For one, some of the material from the giant star has been captured in a disk that slowly orbits both of the stars at a distance of around 150 times that of the typical Earth-Sun distance. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Images obtained of two stars in the process of a merger," 5 Feb. 2020 Regulus is a blue giant star many times larger than our own sun that is about 77 light-years from Earth. Lynn Johnson, National Geographic, "What's the ozone hole got to do with warming?," 5 Feb. 2020 During the moment of silence, the giant star players skate through was lit purple and gold. Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, "How the Stars’ OT win over the Lightning reminded everyone of who they are as a team," 28 Jan. 2020 To the right, there is a concession area featuring the owner’s collection of giant Star Wars PEZ dispensers. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "The Force Is Strong Inside This L.A. Mansion With Star Wars-Themed Basement," 22 Jan. 2020 At that point giant stars like Betelgeuse become unstable and literally blow themselves to bits. Mike Lynch, Twin Cities, "Skywatch: There’s a star in all of us," 15 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of giant star

1912, in the meaning defined above

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“Giant star.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

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