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spectral type

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spectral class

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(Astronomy) any of various groups into which stars are classified according to characteristic spectral lines and bands. The most important classification (Harvard classification) has a series of classes O, B, A, F, G, K, M, the series also being a scale of diminishing surface temperature
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spec′tral type′


n.
a category for classifying a star according to features of its spectrum that indicate its surface temperature and chemical composition.
[1920–25]
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