Definition of burster in English:



  • 1Astronomy
    A cosmic source of powerful short-lived bursts of X-rays or other radiation.

    • ‘The launch date for NASA's Swift satellite - designed to detect and analyse gamma ray bursters - has been delayed thanks to a faulty third stage rocket on an unrelated launch.’
    • ‘‘For a few hundredths of a second, gamma-ray bursters produce the most extreme flash of any astronomical object,’ says Bruce Grossan of the Physics Division.’
    • ‘Since 1993, two populations of gamma-ray bursters have been recognized, each with largely different spectra.’
    • ‘There is some speculation that gamma-ray bursters release the greatest amounts of energy since the Big Bang.’
    • ‘No gamma-ray burster has ever been identified with a supernova before.’
  • 2informal A violent gale.

    • ‘A more detailed study is made of two southerly bursters which occurred during an observational program held from 21 November 1982 until 13 December 1982.’
    • ‘The winds known as southerly bursters are generally to be expected from November to the end of February.’
    • ‘The spatial variation of southerly burster, drainage flows and sea breezes in the Illawarra Region are discussed in detail.’
    storm, tempest, squall, hurricane, tornado, cyclone, typhoon, whirlwind, superstorm
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  • 3A machine which separates continuous stationery into single sheets.

    • ‘This variable Burster is very simple to use and very quiet.’
    • ‘Finally, from the decolater the stationery is fed through a burster to separate each individual page.’
    • ‘The company was formed in 1980 for the manufacture of bursters and decollators.’