star·​burst | \ ˈstär-ˌbərst How to pronounce starburst (audio) \

Definition of starburst

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

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Vector lines intersect with ovals and triangles; glinting 1950s nostalgia starbursts are everywhere. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Midcentury modern wallpaper lets you live out your 1950s dreams," 5 Oct. 2018 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,, "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

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1928, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of starburst was in 1928

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English Language Learners Definition of starburst

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

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