red giant
noun Date: 1929 a star that has low surface temperature and a diameter that is large relative to the sun

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  • red giant — noun count a very big red star …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • red giant — n a large star that is near the middle of its life and shines with a reddish light …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • red giant — n. a star of low surface temperature but with great luminosity resulting from its great size …   English World dictionary

  • Red giant — A red giant is a luminous giant star of low or intermediate mass (roughly 0.5 ndash;10 solar masses) that is in a late phase of stellar evolution. The outer atmosphere is inflated and tenuous, making the radius immense and the surface temperature …   Wikipedia

  • red giant — noun a large, old, luminous star; has a relatively low surface temperature and a diameter large relative to the sun • Syn: ↑red giant star • Hypernyms: ↑star * * * noun, pl ⋯ giants [count] astronomy : a very large star that has a reddish color * …   Useful english dictionary

  • red giant — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms red giant : singular red giant plural red giants astronomy a very big red star …   English dictionary

  • red giant — red′ gi′ant n. astron. a star in an intermediate stage of evolution, characterized by a large volume, low surface temperature, and reddish hue …   From formal English to slang

  • red giant — noun A large red coloured star with a lower surface temperature than many stars …   Wiktionary

  • red giant — /rɛd ˈdʒaɪənt/ (say red juyuhnt) noun Astronomy one of a class of stars in an intermediate stage of stellar evolution, characterised by a large volume and a low surface temperature, as Betelgeuse. {from the reddish orange colour frequently… …   Australian English dictionary

  • red giant — Astron. a star in an intermediate stage of evolution, characterized by a large volume, low surface temperature, and reddish hue. [1915 20] * * * …   Universalium

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