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[suhn-burst] /ˈsʌnˌbɜrst/
a burst of sunlight; a sudden shining of the sun through rifted clouds.
a firework, piece of jewelry, ornament, or the like, resembling the sun with rays issuing in all directions.
Sewing. sewn or made to resemble a sunburst; having the rays or lines of design flared from a central point:
sunburst pleats; sunburst tucks.
Origin of sunburst
1810-20; sun + burst Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • I also asked that she would meet me in sunburst that evening at eight o'clock, at a place indicated by me.

    Mrs. Falchion, Complete Gilbert Parker
  • Then he listened to the dialogue, which had nothing to do with “The sunburst Trail.”

    Northern Lights Gilbert Parker
  • He spoke the unpremeditated notion which the sunburst had created in his brain,—spoke not seriously nor yet lightly.

    Idolatry Julian Hawthorne
  • There is a sunburst upon the chest of a white or fulvous hue.

    True Bear Stories Joaquin Miller
  • Then he listened to the dialogue which had nothing to do with "The sunburst Trail."

    Northern Lights, Complete Gilbert Parker
  • To see the cheerfulness of his countenance when he came in was like the sunburst on a leaden sea.

    Bud Neil Munro
  • However, the background of this plate has a stippled surface rather than a sunburst.

    American Military Insignia 1800-1851 J. Duncan Campbell and Edgar M. Howell.
  • Old Man Hatton's face broke into a sunburst of laugh-wrinkles.

    Half Portions Edna Ferber
  • Take my advice, Mrs. Falchion, and come to sunburst and see the salmon-fishers at work, both day and night.

    Mrs. Falchion, Complete Gilbert Parker
  • In the ceiling is a sunburst with a seven-pointed star, which illuminates it.

    Pulpit and Press Mary Baker Eddy
British Dictionary definitions for sunburst


a burst of sunshine, as through a break in the clouds
a pattern or design resembling that of the sun
a jewelled brooch with this pattern
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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