white dwarf

noun
Updated on: 25 Apr 2018

Definition of white dwarf

plural white dwarfs
: a small hot whitish star of low intrinsic brightness usually with a mass approximately equal to that of the sun but with a density many times larger

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First Known Use of white dwarf

1922

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Definition of white dwarf for English Language Learners

  • astronomy : a star that is at the end of its life and is very hot, small, and dense


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