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1. A sudden burst of sunlight, as through broken clouds.
a. A pattern or design consisting of a central disk with radiating spires projecting in the manner of sunbeams.
b. A jeweled brooch with such a design.
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1. (Physical Geography) a burst of sunshine, as through a break in the clouds
2. (Art Terms) a pattern or design resembling that of the sun
3. (Jewellery) a jewelled brooch with this pattern
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1. a sudden burst of sunlight, esp. through a rift in the clouds.
2. something that suggests the sun and its radiating beams, esp. a brooch with gemstones encircled by raylike projections.
3. (in sewing, needlepoint, etc.) having the parts or lines of the design flared from a central point: sunburst pleats.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sunburst - a sudden emergence of the sun from behind clouds
sunlight, sunshine, sun - the rays of the sun; "the shingles were weathered by the sun and wind"
2.sunburst - a design consisting of a central disk resembling the sun and rays emanating from it
pattern, design, figure - a decorative or artistic work; "the coach had a design on the doors"
3.sunburst - a jeweled brooch with a pattern resembling the sunsunburst - a jeweled brooch with a pattern resembling the sun
breastpin, broach, brooch - a decorative pin worn by women
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References in classic literature ?
In New York, for instance, the price had to be raised to $240, which lifted the telephone as high above the mass of the citizens as though it were a piano or a diamond sunburst. Such a plan was strangling the business.
Everything is gray except the green grass, which seems like emerald amongst it, gray earthy rock, gray clouds, tinged with the sunburst at the far edge, hang over the gray sea, into which the sandpoints stretch like gray figures.
And even then there will be no diamond sunbursts and marble halls."
and in her unresting activities, and her fearless ways, and her sunbursts and cloudbursts, she is always bringing George back to me.
Several items were taken including: a dark redwood Lowden 035X guitar and case; a solid silver Piccolo; a 1999 limited edition acoustic Takamini guitar which had a pale wood spruce colour with a dark brown back, with a mountain range carved into the sound hole; a Paul Reed electric guitar, Sunburst; a Buffet flute; a Roland EP7 full size electric keyboard; a 32-inch Sharp black and silver flat-screen television; a Pandora bracelet; an Apple iPod, black; two iPod Nanos, one blue and one silver; and an amount of cash.
The car even comes with Sunburst wood dash panelling just like on the famous axe.
Sunburst Advisors announced the following transactions:
Borstelmann, who is accused of defrauding more than 100 investors, owned and operated Sunburst Associates of Thousand Oaks, Calif., for 30 years.
Sunburst Sensors, a Missoula, Mont.-based technology firm, has developed a device known as the Submersible Autonomous Moored Instrument.
The sun's up - and over the mantelpiece - thanks to these stunning sunburst mirrors.
In this new test, patients view a hologram consisting of sunburst patterns.
Sunburst Hospitality Corp., which owns Glenwood Golf Club, will begin selling about 200 lots around the public golf course as early as this summer, according to Sunburst regional director Jeff Heath.