star·​burst ˈstär-ˌbərst How to pronounce starburst (audio)
: 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 The latest image depicts a brilliant starburst pattern surrounding one of three giant molecular cloud complexes with a series of diffraction spikes. Bradford Betz, Fox News, 25 Jan. 2024 Seeing ‘starbursts’ more clearly This new image hones in on a region called N79 South, or S1. Laura Baisas, Popular Science, 25 Jan. 2024 Among the other highlights: a double-height entrance gallery topped by a starburst chandelier and displaying a floating staircase, as well as a formal living room and an office space. Wendy Bowman, Robb Report, 19 Jan. 2024 Webb telescope captures glowing starburst as galaxies collide The good news is that a near new moon will leave perfect viewing conditions, with no bright light interference from what a full moon would cause. Taylor Nicioli, CNN, 21 Apr. 2023 Webb telescope captures glowing starburst as galaxies collide A hybrid eclipse occurs when the moon is at just the right distance where both the umbral and antumbral shadow can reach Earth. Taylor Nicioli, CNN, 19 Apr. 2023 Alternative dark matter galaxies entered their starburst periods at later times than galaxies built around cold dark matter. Lyndie Chiou, Scientific American, 20 June 2023 But those later starbursts didn’t result in star-sparse galaxies—all the late-blooming alternate dark matter galaxies eventually caught up with star production. Lyndie Chiou, Scientific American, 20 June 2023 Discoveries Bookmark these findings for your next water cooler conversation: — A brilliant starburst captured in a new image by the James Webb Space Telescope reveals what happened when two spiral galaxies crashed into each other. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 22 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1928, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of starburst was in 1928

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“Starburst.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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