a star that suddenly becomes thousands of times brighter and then gradually fades to its original intensity.
- no·va·like, adjective
- Compare supernova.
Other definitions for Nova (2 of 2)
Also called Nova Salmon. a Pacific salmon cured in the style of Nova Scotia salmon.
nova, (loosely) any smoked salmon.
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How to use nova in a sentence
He’d long been interested in outer space, reading science texts and science fiction as well as watching PBS’s nova series on WTTW, Chicago’s public television station.Paying it forward: supporting underrepresented students in STEM | Angie Chatman, SM ’88 | June 29, 2022 | MIT Technology Review
Indeed, Spaceback and nova are among a handful of companies doing this level of customization of display ads at scale — proof that the technology has reached a point in recent years where it can start to deliver on its potential.With media optimization a game of diminishing returns, advertisers turn the screws on creative quality online | Seb Joseph | January 19, 2022 | Digiday
nova allows you to add extra touch gestures to your home screen to invoke all kinds of actions.
Bossa nova soon became a nationwide sensation, with countless performers capitalizing on the trend.Buddy Deppenschmidt, drummer who helped spur ’60s bossa nova boom, dies at 85 | Matt Schudel | April 1, 2021 | Washington Post
Bossa nova, which means roughly “new trend,” was based on Brazil’s traditional samba music, but with a slower, more gentle rhythm and delicate, sinuous melodies.Buddy Deppenschmidt, drummer who helped spur ’60s bossa nova boom, dies at 85 | Matt Schudel | April 1, 2021 | Washington Post
HALIFAX, nova Scotia—It's amazing what some fresh nova Scotia air can do.Politics End In Halifax As Democratic and GOP Senators Seek Common Ground on National Security | Tim Mak | November 22, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Today, at the Arena Fonte nova in Salvador—in the steamy northeastern coast of Brazil—we saw the Dutch Reconquista.Dutch Treat: The Netherlands Sinks Spain In World Cup 2014 | Tunku Varadarajan | June 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The couple will visit Pictou County for an event to celebrate Celtic heritage in nova Scotia.
He wanted to be a big nova that would eclipse everything.... That was the only thing that would satisfy Andy.
He wanted to be a big nova that would eclipse everything. . . . That was the only thing that would satisfy Andy.
Quid sit nova Francia, qualis regio, qui in e populi, quique mores.
On that fatal day in August on which war broke out we were in nova Scotia.Fifty Years of Railway Life in England, Scotland and Ireland | Joseph Tatlow
The citizens of Halifax, nova Scotia, celebrated the 108th anniversary of the settlement of that place.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology | Joel Munsell
A large number of loyalists were now leaving the States and settling in nova Scotia.History of Prince Edward Island | Duncan Campbell
They call the potatoes ‘Bluenoses’ just as they call the nova Scotia folks.Dorothy's Travels | Evelyn Raymond
British Dictionary definitions for nova
a variable star that undergoes a cataclysmic eruption, observed as a sudden large increase in brightness with a subsequent decline over months or years; it is a close binary system with one component a white dwarf: Compare supernova
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Scientific definitions for nova
A white dwarf star that suddenly and temporarily becomes extremely bright as a result of the explosion at its surface of material accreted from an expanding companion star. The material, mostly hydrogen and helium, is attracted by the white dwarf's gravity and accumulates under growing pressure and heat until nuclear fusion is ignited. Unlike a supernova, a nova is not blown apart by the explosion and gradually returns to its original brightness over a period of weeks to years. Because of their sudden appearance where no star had been previously visible, novae were long thought to be new stars. Since 1925, novae have been classified as variable stars. Compare supernova.
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Cultural definitions for nova
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