NOVA

nova

(noun) a star that ejects some of its material in the form of a cloud and becomes more luminous in the process

Source: WordNet® 3.1


Etymology 1

Proper noun

Nova

A female given name from Latin.

Etymology 2

Noun

Nova (uncountable)

(uncountable) Smoked Nova Scotia salmon.

Hypernyms

• lox

• smoked salmon

Etymology 3

Proper noun

Nova (plural er-noun)

Alternative letter-case form of NoVA

Anagrams

• Avon, Vona

Etymology

Proper noun

NoVA (plural er-noun)

Acronym of Northern Virginia.

Anagrams

• Avon, Vona

Proper noun

NOVA (plural er-noun)

Alternative letter-case form of NoVA (“North Virginia”)

Noun

NOVA (plural NOVAs)

(UK) Initialism of notification of vehicle arrival.

Anagrams

• Avon, Vona

Etymology

Noun

nova (plural novae or novas)

(astronomy) Any sudden brightening of a previously inconspicuous star.

Anagrams

• Avon, Vona

Source: Wiktionary


No"va (no"va), n.; pl. L. Novæ (-ve), E. Novas (-vaz). [L., fem. sing. of novus new.] (Astron.)

Definition: A new star, usually appearing suddenly, shining for a brief period, and then sinking into obscurity. Such appearances are supposed to result from cosmic collisions, as of a dark star with interstellar nebulosities. The most important modern novæ are: -- No"va Co*ro"næ Bo`re*a"lis [1866]; No"va Cyg"ni [1876]; No"va An*dro"me*dæ [1885]; No"va Au*ri"gæ [1891-92]; No"va Per"se*i [1901]. There are two novæ called Nova Persei. They are: (a) A small nova which appeared in 1881. (b) An extraordinary nova which appeared in Perseus in 1901. It was first sighted on February 22, and for one night (February 23) was the brightest star in the sky. By July it had almost disappeared, after which faint surrounding nebulous masses were discovered, apparently moving radially outward from the star at incredible velocity.

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition



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