superburst

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

super- +‎ burst

Noun[edit]

superburst (plural superbursts)

  1. A very large burst (of something).
    • 1989, GOSA Transactions: The Annual Journal of the Geyser Observation and Study Association, page 194:
      If the series starts with a superburst, then often the rest of the series is weaker than usual, presumably because of the water and energy already expended.
    • 2012, Shanchieh Jay Yang, ‎Ariel M. Greenberg, & ‎Mica Endsley, Social Computing, Behavioral-Cultural Modeling and Prediction, ISBN 3642290477:
      Figure 3 exhibits striking qualitative similarities with Figure 1, showing both isolated protests and small bursts of protests leading up to the superburst, Once the superburst breaks out all districts become involved, even those that have had no previous protests. In NOEM model, once the superburst occurs the model breaks down and activism overtakes virtually all agents that are not imprisoned.
    • 2016, Jordi Jose, Stellar Explosions: Hydrodynamics and Nucleosynthesis, ISBN 1439853088:
      Cumming and Bildsten [397] have shown, however, that even small amounts of carbon could power a superburst in layers enriched with heavy ashes synthesized by the rp-process.