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

Examples of starburst in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And for the front of the house, there are multicolored laser lights that project eight holographic moving patterns like swirls, fireflies and starbursts. Washington Post, "Glam holiday décor that gets the party started," 12 Nov. 2019 This research follows up on previous work by Bland-Hawthorn establishing that the explosive event was related to activity from the black hole, rather than a nuclear starburst. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "The center of the Milky Way exploded when ancient human ancestors walked the Earth," 6 Oct. 2019 There were other starbursts, what appeared to be human stick figures, perhaps the drawing of a hand, and nondescript lines and crisscross patterns. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Ancient desert cave as grand as any cathedral," 5 Oct. 2019 Those who knew him before his national starburst call him a weight room freak, film nerd and practice field rat. Adam Kilgore, The Denver Post, "How Gardner Minshew went from college nomad to mustachioed cult hero to NFL’s top rookie," 3 Oct. 2019 Audience members enter into a violet haze of smoke that is punctuated by starbursts of white cabaret lights framing the stage and lining the room (scenic design by Stephen Gifford, lights by Matthew Brian Denman). Daryl H. Miller,, "The world is ending, so come to the 'Cabaret'," 15 June 2018 The image features Queen Bey in a gold sequin Valentino dress, her long, blonde cornrows braided into gentle plaits, topped off with an extravagant Philip Treacy fascinator, reminiscent of a starburst. Amanda Mitchell, Teen Vogue, "The National Portrait Gallery Is Adding Beyoncé’s September 2018 "Vogue" Cover to Its Collection," 7 Aug. 2019 Couturier Jacques Fath came as the Sun King, with his ex-model wife, Genevieve, in pale satin and starbursts, while Barbara Hutton dressed as an 18th-century nobleman in a staggeringly costly ensemble made for her by Cristóbal Balenciaga. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Dior and the Venetian Heritage Foundation Host a Grand Masked Ball at the Palazzo Labia," 21 May 2019 With her new name came a new costume — her now signature jumpsuit with the starburst and stripes across her chest that was designed for her when her 2012 comic book series launched. Tracy Brown,, "What the ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ post-credits scene means," 27 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of starburst

1928, in the meaning defined above

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“Starburst.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 29 January 2020.

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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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