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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
First recorded in 1810-20; sun + burst Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • It was the dancing waters of the Kalamalka Lake under a sunburst.

  • Then he listened to the dialogue, which had nothing to do with “The sunburst Trail.”

    Northern Lights Gilbert Parker
  • The sunburst, after so long and dark a night, must needs have had a dazzling effect.

    Looking Backward Edward Bellamy
  • There is a sunburst upon the chest of a white or fulvous hue.

    True Bear Stories Joaquin Miller
  • To see the cheerfulness of his countenance when he came in was like the sunburst on a leaden sea.

    Bud Neil Munro
  • They had recognised him—I had not—as a salmon-fisher and one of the Siwash tribe from sunburst.

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

    Northern Lights, Complete Gilbert Parker
  • A few of this class, also, have the “sunburst” pattern, so characteristic of the Tcherkess.

    Oriental Rugs Walter A. Hawley
  • It was the first sunburst of the idea to her, and it stormed her cheeks with pink.

    In a Mysterious Way Anne Warner
  • Old Man Hatton's face broke into a sunburst of laugh-wrinkles.

    Half Portions Edna Ferber
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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