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noun 
  1. A violent explosion, or the pattern (likened to the shape of a asterisk, star) supposed to be made by such an explosion.
    • 2002: Ellen Datlow, Terri Windling, The Year's Best Fantasy & Horror
    • :... his arm striking brick and the bottle shattering in a of black ...
    • 2003: Tim Cockey, Murder in the Hearse Degree: A Novel
    • :A of red exploded on his chest and he flew backward a good six or seven feet.
    • 2004: Elizabeth George, Write Away: One Novelist's Approach to Fiction and the Writing Life
    • :... and another that creates a cicatrix from her right eye to her temple. This scar is the result of an accident when she was ten years old, ...
      1. (context, typography) A symbol similar to an asterisk, but with additional rays: <font size=6>âº</font>.
      2. (astronomy) A region of space with an unusually high rate of star formation.
      3. (astronomy) A period in time during which a region of space experiences an unusually high rate of star formation.
      the Milky Way will see a in approximately 200&nbsp;000&nbsp;000 years
verb 
  1. (context, astronomy, of a region of space) To experience an unusually high rate of star formation.

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