from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A shape or design with emanating rays that resembles the flash of light produced by an exploding star.
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- n. A violent explosion, or the pattern (likened to the shape of a star) supposed to be made by such an explosion.
- n. A symbol similar to an asterisk, but with additional rays: ✺.
- n. A region of space with an unusually high rate of star formation.
- n. A period in time during which a region of space experiences an unusually high rate of star formation.
- v. To experience an unusually high rate of star formation.
These superwinds are common in so called starburst galaxies, like for example the nearby M82.
These so-called starburst galaxies have long been a puzzle to astronomers, but a new paper published in
NGC 253 is known as a starburst galaxy, after its very intense star formation activity.
M82 is classified as a starburst galaxy because within a small, central region it makes stars at a rate 10 times higher than that of the entire Milky Way.
I bought one with a "starburst" effect that blurs the edges of the image to create a sometimes-dreamy, sometimes-streaky shot, depending on what I was photographing.
Let's just remember her "starburst" when we begin to feel like "has beens", used up, and out of ideas.
I like that little "starburst" of light near the head.
In this one, she has switched on the "starburst" option or something but the effect is quite good:
Galaxies with high levels of star formation like M82, also known as "starburst" galaxies, have large numbers of supernovae and massive stars.
B.: The patterned seams create a pleasing "starburst" effect around the crotch (or "Clinton-getter"), making them, indeed, a historically significant choice.