from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A rare celestial phenomenon involving the explosion of most of the material in a star, resulting in an extremely bright, short-lived object that emits vast amounts of energy.

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  • n. A star which explodes, increasing its brightness to typically a billion times that of our sun, though attenuated by the great distance from our sun. Some leave only debris (Type I); others fade to invisibility as neutron stars (Type II).

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  • n. a star that explodes and becomes extremely luminous in the process


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super- + nova



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  • I don't brother you I'm afraid.

    April 18, 2018

  • Really? I’m always hearing people say, “I’m going to supernova my erupt.” Maybe it’s different in Tasmania.

    April 18, 2018

  • Not supported by examples nor personal experience.

    April 18, 2018

  • nova, kilonova, supernova, and hypernova can all be used as verbs.

    April 18, 2018

  • the difference between nova, kilonova, and supernova

    A kilonova is about 1,000 times brighter than a nova, which is caused by the eruption of a white dwarf. The self-detonation of a massive star, a supernova, can be as much as 100 times brighter than a kilonova

    August 4, 2013