stardust

noun
star·​dust | \ ˈstär-ˌdəst How to pronounce stardust (audio) \

Definition of stardust

: a feeling or impression of romance, magic, or ethereality

Examples of stardust in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Margaret Burbidge - April 5 - Age 100 - The UC San Diego astronomer made landmark discoveries about the nature of stars, helped popularize the notion that humans are composed of stardust, and helped women find a home in science. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Remembering San Diegans who passed in 2020," 30 Dec. 2020 That made the meteorite and its stardust the oldest solid material ever discovered on Earth. Katie Hunt, CNN, "Science's most fascinating and awe-inspiring discoveries in 2020," 29 Dec. 2020 The process formed a cloud of stardust that could have blocked Betelgeuse’s light from eager earthbound viewers. Science, "10 awesome science discoveries you may have missed in 2020," 3 Dec. 2020 Astronomers have spotted a rare and radiant pulse of light—the last gasp of a dying star that has been sucked toward the center of a supermassive black hole and shredded into sinuous strings of stardust. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "'Spaghettification' Is the Most Badass Way for a Star to Die," 12 Oct. 2020 In its interior, the presolar stardust, the first solid minerals, the glassy spheres, and the carbon compounds all crowded together. Joshua Sokol, Science | AAAS, "An unusual meteorite, more valuable than gold, may hold the building blocks of life," 13 Aug. 2020 Some 7 billion or 8 billion years ago, specks of stardust were ejected from supernovae and the outer atmospheres of aging stars, some made of hardy materials such as graphite, diamond, and silicon carbide. Joshua Sokol, Science | AAAS, "An unusual meteorite, more valuable than gold, may hold the building blocks of life," 13 Aug. 2020 The folks on the red carpet gave us stardust at a time when there’s a lot of darkness in the culture. Washington Post, "The Oscars red carpet was diverse, even if the nominees weren’t," 10 Feb. 2020 As Britain moves past these frantic days and confronts the long-term consequences of its moves, analysts said Mr. Sunak would probably lose some of his stardust. Mark Landler, New York Times, "On Job Just 6 Weeks, U.K.’s Finance Chief Shines in Crisis," 26 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of stardust

1906, in the meaning defined above

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11 Jan 2021

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“Stardust.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stardust. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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