starburst

noun
star·burst | \ ˈstär-ˌbərst \

Definition of starburst 

: something (such as a pattern) that resembles diverging rays of light starbursts of color

Examples of starburst in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

Gamay Noir has only a modest tannic payload; its featherweighted finish makes the front end that much more of a headlong rush of movement, broad and forward-leaning, a starburst of flavor. Patrick Comiskey, latimes.com, "Why you should be drinking Gamay Noir this summer," 11 July 2018 The final act is a listless shamble toward vague transcendence, with Parsifal bathed in light as the knights — sagging flesh safely covered — slowly spin in place, a Baselitz starburst looming over everything. Zachary Woolfe, New York Times, "Review: A Conductor Sets Munich’s Ashen ‘Parsifal’ Aflame," 1 July 2018 Each slab looks different, and the result is a product that seems more organic than terrazzo—more of an asteroid field than a starburst. Jessica Furseth, Curbed, "How terrazzo made a comeback," 13 June 2018 The starburst Kim experienced both in the run-up to the Games and over the past two days occurred for multiple reasons. Adam Kilgore, Anchorage Daily News, "Chloe Kim’s coronation is complete as rising US star wins halfpipe gold in Pyeongchang," 13 Feb. 2018 Image Years later, Venturi Scott Brown proposed a tower for 42nd Street and 8th Avenue that would have announced itself with a fiery starburst, making Times Square’s omnipresent billboards a key element of the building’s design. Greg Goldin, New York Times, "10 Places That Define New York City, Reimagined," 30 Oct. 2017 How about a 2,100-square-foot home, made of shipping containers, in a starburst-like design, smack in the middle of the desert. Doug Criss, CNN, "5 things for October 6: Las Vegas, Iran deal, Nate, Russia probe, Spain," 6 Oct. 2017 One of Parks’ favorite features of original Sputnik chandeliers were little clear plastic starburst covers that slipped onto the ends of the lightbulbs. Cynthia Billhartz Gregorian, kansascity, "Where to find Sputnik chandeliers for your home," 11 Aug. 2017 The herringbone floors in this room—arranged in a starburst—are also entirely new. Carol Prisant, ELLE Decor, "HOUSE TOUR: A Designer Revives A Faded 19th-Century Landmark," 17 Feb. 2016

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'starburst.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of starburst

1928, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about starburst

Statistics for starburst

Last Updated

3 Sep 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for starburst

The first known use of starburst was in 1928

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for starburst

starburst

noun

English Language Learners Definition of starburst

: something (such as a pattern) that looks like rays of light spreading out from a center

More from Merriam-Webster on starburst

See words that rhyme with starburst

Comments on starburst

What made you want to look up starburst? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

an open space surrounded by woods

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Name that Food Quiz

Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!