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sunburst

[suhn-burst] /ˈsʌnˌbɜrst/
noun
1.
a burst of sunlight; a sudden shining of the sun through rifted clouds.
2.
a firework, piece of jewelry, ornament, or the like, resembling the sun with rays issuing in all directions.
adjective
3.
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
1810-1820
1810-20; sun + burst
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  • The sunburst pattern on the sides of the enormous numerals resembles plywood when viewed from a distance.
  • The shape of the phylogenetic tree of these subtypes is referred to as a sunburst to distinguish it from a simple star phylogeny.
British Dictionary definitions for sunburst

sunburst

/ˈsʌnˌbɜːst/
noun
1.
a burst of sunshine, as through a break in the clouds
2.
a pattern or design resembling that of the sun
3.
a jewelled brooch with this pattern
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