main sequence


Definition of main sequence

: the group of stars that on a graph of spectrum versus luminosity forms a band comprising 90 percent of stellar types and that includes stars representative of the stages a normal star passes through during the majority of its lifetime

Examples of main sequence in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Stars spend a majority of their lives in the main sequence phase. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, 13 June 2020 There are many different types of main sequence stars. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, 13 June 2020 Our sun, a yellow dwarf, is currently in the main sequence stage of its life. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, 17 Feb. 2020 Along with main sequence and white dwarf stars, other groups include dwarfs, giants, and supergiants. Catherine Zuckerman, National Geographic, 20 Mar. 2019 Most of the stars in our galaxy, including the sun, are categorized as main sequence stars. Catherine Zuckerman, National Geographic, 20 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of main sequence

1925, in the meaning defined above

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“Main sequence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

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