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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Apparently a nova is a close binary system, made up of a cool, normal star and a White Dwarf.
▪ But before Rainbow can reply, a star goes nova on her near-side window, courtesy of a broken brick.
▪ Here, attempts to bossa nova merely produced a self-conscious lateral sway.
▪ I have heard congregations sing to the beat of salsa, bossa nova, country western, and a dozen other tempos.
▪ Pool will use the outer planets to create the illusion of a nova.
▪ The only object of interest is the recurrent nova T Pyxidis.
▪ They can not be predicted, and amateurs have a fine record in nova hunting.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Nova \No"va\ (n[=o]"v[.a]), n.; pl. L. Novae (n[=o]"v[=e]), E. Novas (n[=o]"v[.a]z). [L., fem. sing. of novus new.] (Astron.) A star which suddenly increases in brightness thousands of times, then fades back to near its original intensity. It may appear as a ``new'' star if its original brightness was too low for routine observation. A star which suddenly increases in brightness to many millions of times its original intensity is a supernova, and the postulated mechanisms for the increases of brightness of novae and supernovae are different. Note: The most important modern nov[ae] are: No"va Co*ro"n[ae] Bo`re*a"lis[1866]; No"va Cyg"ni[1876]; No"va An*dro"me*d[ae][1885]; No"va Au*ri"g[ae][1891-92]; No"va Per"se*i[1901]. There are two nov[ae] called Nova Persei. They are:

  1. A small nova which appeared in 1881.

  2. 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.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1877, from Latin nova, fem. singular adjective of novus "new" (see new), used with stella "star" (a feminine noun in Latin) to describe a new star not previously known. Classical plural is novae.


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

  1. n. a star that ejects some of its material in the form of a cloud and become more luminous in the process

  2. [also: novae (pl)]


Emily Rose Kafoury (born November 20, 1995) known as Nova (often stylized as NŌVA), is a Canadian singer and songwriter from Montreal, Quebec.

Nova (TV series)

Nova (stylized NOVΛ) is an American popular science television series produced by WGBH Boston. It is broadcast on Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) in the U.S., and in more than 100 other countries. The series has won many major television awards.

Nova often includes interviews with scientists doing research in the subject areas covered and occasionally includes footage of a particular discovery. Some episodes have focused on the history of science. Examples of topics covered include the following: Colditz Castle, Drake equation, elementary particles, 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens, Fermat's Last Theorem, global warming, moissanite, Project Jennifer, storm chasing, Unterseeboot 869, Vinland, and the Tarim mummies.

The Nova programs have been praised for their good pacing, clear writing, and crisp editing. Websites accompany the segments and have also won awards.

Nova (disambiguation)

A nova is an exploding star.

Nova, NOVA or N.O.V.A. may also refer to:

Nova (rocket)

Nova was a series of proposed rocket designs, originally as NASA's first large launchers for missions similar to the production-level Saturn V. Nova studied designs that closely mirrored the Saturn V in basic concept, power, size and function. Differences were minor but practical, and the Saturn was selected for the Apollo Project largely because they would re-use existing facilities to a greater extent and could make it to the pad slightly earlier.

During a series of post-Apollo studies in the 1960s, considerations for a manned mission to Mars revealed the need for boosters much larger than Apollo's, and a new series of designs with as many as eight Rocketdyne F-1 engines were developed under the Nova name (along with the Saturn MLV). The image of the Nova C8 is commonly used as a representative of the entire Nova series, and many references to Nova refer specifically to these post-Apollo versions. The two series of designs were essentially separate, but shared their name. Thus, "Nova" does not refer to a specific rocket design, just a rocket larger than the Saturn V in most cases. To add more confusion, the final Saturn V design was larger than some of the early Nova proposals.

Nova (Richard Rider)

Nova (Richard Rider) is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character appeared historically as the star of his own series, and at other times, as a supporting character in team books such as The New Warriors. He is a member of the intergalactic police force known as the Nova Corps, for which he gained superhuman abilities including enhanced strength, flight and resistance to injury.

In May 2011, Nova placed 98th on IGN's Top 100 Comic Book Heroes of All Time, and 19th in their list of "The Top 50 Avengers" in 2012.

Nova (radio network)

The Nova Network is a group of five Australian radio stations owned wholly or in part by NOVA Entertainment. The Perth station is a joint venture between NOVA Entertainment and the Australian Radio Network.

Like many radio networks, each station has its own local Breakfast show and daytime presenters, with the Drive and Night shifts networked across all stations.

Nova (eikaiwa)

Nova (formerly Nova Group) is a large eikaiwa school (private English teaching company) in Japan. It was by far the largest company of this type until its widely publicized collapse in October 2007. Before its bankruptcy, Nova employed approximately 15,000 people across a group of companies that supported the operations of and extended out from the "Intercultural Network" of its language schools. The scope of its business operations reached its peak in February 2007 following a rapid expansion of its chain to 924 Nova branches plus a Multimedia Center located in Osaka.

Nova, known for high-priced lesson packages, and later plagued by lawsuits and negative publicity, began to decline in earnest almost immediately after the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry placed a six-month ban against soliciting new long-term contracts from students on the company on 13 June 2007. The impending financial crisis facing Nova related to a rapid increase in refund claims, significant drops in sales figures, and deterioration of its reputation, came to the fore in September 2007 when Nova began to delay payment of wages and bonuses to staff. The NAMBU Foreign Workers Caucus in Tokyo estimated that up to 3,000 staff had not received their salaries on time. A solution for Nova's failure to pay wages was promised by 19 October in a fax sent to branch schools. On 23 October the Osaka Labor Standards office accepted a demand by unionized Nova instructors to investigate criminal charges against Nova President and founder, Nozomu Sahashi, over delayed and unpaid wages, but Sahashi was ultimately not charged.

It took roughly eight months for the company to reach the point where it filed for bankruptcy protection on 26 October 2007 whereupon the trading of its stock was suspended and was delisted on 27 November 2007. On 6 November 2007 court-appointed receivers announced that Nagoya-based G.Communication would sponsor Nova. Initial plans by were to start with reopening up to 30 schools in various locations including Tokyo and Osaka by the end of November 2007. later sold off its 490 Nova and 167 Geos English schools on 1 October 2010 to Inayoshi Holdings, with 50 of the Geos schools slated to join the Nova group under the name "Nova x Geos" on 1 November 2010. As of 1 February 2012 Nova is owned by Jibun Mirai Associe Co. Ltd. On September 2, 2013 Jibun Mirai established a wholly owned subsidiary called Nova and fully reinstated the name Nova.

As of January 2014 Nova operates 310 branches, with 66,000 students.

Nova (novel)

Nоva (1968) is a science fiction novel by Samuel R. Delany. Nominally space opera, it explores the politics and culture of a future where cyborg technology is universal (the novel is one of the precursors to cyberpunk), yet major decisions can involve using tarot cards. It has strong mythological overtones, relating to both the Grail Quest and Jason's Argonautica for the golden fleece. Nova was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 1969. David Pringle lists it as one of the 100 best science-fiction novels written since World War II.

After completing Nova at the age of 25, Delany's published output stopped for several years—though his writing continued. Delany completed the first draft of Tides of Lust (author's title, Equinox) in September 1968 (it appeared in 1973). He first completed Hogg in June 1969 (though the novel itself would not appear until 1995). With the publication of his next major novel, Dhalgren (1975), however, his style had moved on in experimental directions notably different from that of his earlier work.

Nova (Dutch TV series)

Nova / Den Haag vandaag was a late-evening current affairs programme broadcast from Monday to Saturday on the Netherlands Public Broadcasting channel Nederland 2 between 1992 and 2010. Nova, the first and main part of the programme, was made jointly by VARA and NPS and featured news analysis and background reports, while NOS produced Den Haag Vandaag ("The Hague Today"), the segment of the programme covering events in parliament and interviews with politicians.

The programme was also broadcast on the Dutch language international channel, BVN.

Nova (Frankie Raye)

Nova is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics.

Nova (TV channel)

Nova is a Spanish television channel operated by Atresmedia. The network runs 24 hours a day in the Spanish language. The service is aimed at women and the schedule reflects that. Normally during the day, lifestyle programmes like cookery are screened. During the evening films and some series are shown while around midnight, Poker is screened. The network is available on digital terrestrial television ( TDT as it's known in Spain) as well as cable and satellite.

Nova (Atargatis album)

Nova is the second full-length album released by the German band Atargatis through Massacre Records on the November 2007.

Nova (Dutch band)

Nova was a Dutch electronic music band, who reached the number 1 position in the Dutch Top 40 in 1982 with the instrumental "Aurora".

Nova (Rajaton album)

Nova is the debut album of Finnish a cappella ensemble Rajaton, released August 14, 2000. It consists of vocal arrangements of folk and contemporary Finnish poetry. The first takes were recorded in June 1999, after Rajaton won the Tampere Vocal Music Festival 1999.

Nova (Italian band)

Nova was an Italian progressive rock/ jazz fusion band that was formed in 1975 from members of the bands Osanna and Cervello. Based in London for most of their career, they released four albums that are influenced by the 1970s jazz fusion styles of bands such as Mahavishnu Orchestra, Weather Report and Return to Forever.

Nova (laser)

Nova was a high-power laser built at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) in 1984 which conducted advanced inertial confinement fusion (ICF) experiments until its dismantling in 1999. Nova was the first ICF experiment built with the intention of reaching "ignition", a chain reaction of nuclear fusion that releases a large amount of energy. Although Nova failed in this goal, the data it generated clearly defined the problem as being mostly a result of magnetohydrodynamic instability, leading to the design of the National Ignition Facility, Nova's successor. Nova also generated considerable amounts of data on high-density matter physics, regardless of the lack of ignition, which is useful both in fusion power and nuclear weapons research.

Nova (TV)

Nova TV may refer to: NovaTv Mediaş, a local cable television channel from Transilvania, in Romania

  • Nova (TV series), an American science series
    • NOVA scienceNOW, a news-focused spin-off series
  • Nova (Bulgarian TV), a Bulgarian TV network
    • Nova Sport (Bulgarian TV), a Bulgarian TV channel
  • Nova (Croatian TV), a Croatian TV network
  • Nova (Czech TV), a Czech TV station
    • Nova Cinema (Czech Republic), a Czech TV channel
    • Nova Sport (Czech TV), a Czech TV channel
  • Nova (Dutch TV series), a current events program
  • NOVA Greece & NOVA Cyprus, a digital satellite television service
    • Nova Cinema (Greece), a Greek-language TV channel
    • Nova Sports, a Greek-language TV channel
  • Nova TV (Romanian TV), a Romanian local television channel from Braşov
  • Nova Televisión, a Colombian local television channel
Nova (magazine)

NOVA is a monthly feminine magazine published by Abril and part of the international Cosmopolitan group.

The magazine was started in Brazil in September 1973. In agreement with publisher Abril, the magazine has a monthly circulation of approximately 400,000 copies. The content editorial of all of the editions is composed of the following themes: love/ sex, life/work, famous people, beauty/ health and fashion/style.

The reader profile of NOVA is a young woman, that she works out and between 18 and 49 years, of the classes A, B and C.

Nova (operating system)

Nova was a Cuban state-sponsored Linux distribution launched in February 2009. It was being developed in Havana at the University of Information Science (UCI) by students and professors to provide free and open-source software (FOSS) to inexperienced users and Cuban institutions. While the initial version was Gentoo-based, the developers switched to Ubuntu beginning with Version 2.1

In May 2016 discussions about a new version 5.0 were underway. However, by 2016 Distrowatch indicated that Nova had been discontinued. and its website, had been taken down.

Nova (UK magazine)

Nova, published from March 1965 to October 1975, was a British magazine that has been described as "a politically radical, beautifully designed, intellectual women's magazine. In 1965 it discussed sex and the Pill, and epitomised the sophistication of London with its bold type and empty white space."

Nova (The Sound of Arrows song)

Nova is the second single by Swedish duo The Sound of Arrows.

The singer of The Sound of Arrows, Stefan Storm, described what this song is about: "It’s a song that we actually struggled with a fair bit in its creation. It just wouldn’t sit right and we’ve got at least three different productions of it lying around on the computer, but it’s finally seeing the light. I’m very happy with how the lyrics came out in the end, the second verse especially."

Nova is about escapism, which is quite a common theme for The Sound of Arrows – kind of what the whole album is about: wanting something better when you're stuck in a rut and just driving toward an ideal. Sometimes, it can be great because it can get you places, but it's sometimes like you're diluting yourself into thinking that there is always something better out there. It goes both ways. It's somewhat like hope but still there is a part of hopelessness.

Nova (comics)

Nova in comics may refer to:

  • Nova Corps, an intergalactic police force
    • Nova (Richard Rider), the first character known as Nova
    • Nova (Sam Alexander), a member of the Nova Corps
  • Nova (Frankie Raye), the former herald of Galactus
Nova (Sam Alexander)

Nova (Sam Alexander) is a fictional superhero who appears in publications from Marvel Comics. The character, a space-faring member of the intergalactic police force known as the Nova Corps, was created in 2011 by writer Jeph Loeb and artist Ed McGuinness, based on the original Nova Richard Rider. The Sam Alexander version of the character first appeared in the Marvel Point One one-shot in November 2011 before starring in his own series beginning in February 2013.

Nova (Bangladeshi band)

Nova is a psychedelic, progressive and hard rock band in Bangladesh, formed in 1986 in Dhaka. They were at their peak in the 1990s, establishing themselves as one of the most popular bands of that time in Bangladesh. The band went into a hiatus in the 2000s but made a comeback with the album Return of the Nova released in 2010.

Usage examples of "nova".

Stirpium adversaria nova, but when I wish to consult it I am obliged to wait until my husband or my chaplain or my cousin Richard has time to translate for me.

Uma onda de ternura diferente, nova e um encantador prazer me invadiram, percebendo Tatziu agora ainda mais belo e mais homem.

I should say that an amalgamation of the Canadas with Nova Scotia and New Brunswick should not be regarded with favor by statesmen in Downing Street.

Falou longamente sobre a nova amiga, ressaltando como lhe parecia diferente o jeito da mulher brasileira no relacionamento, comparado ao dos amigos e amigas suecos.

Hostes re nova perterriti muro turribusque deiecti in foro ac locis patentioribus cuneatim constiterunt, hoc animo ut si qua ex parte obviam contra veniretur acie instructa depugnarent.

We acquired Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, and the Hudson Bay territory, and, in addition to the asiento, the right of trading in the possessions of the House of Bourbon--in fact, the commerce of the world.

Listen to the Bossa Nova, and go dance with the Drug Lord and his select minions.

But we had the best time at the break when the band went into Bossa Nova.

The Federation Horns were playing a bossa nova while a holodeck-created bird watched them with curiosity.

Over the top a Doris Day voice sings to a bossa nova beat: Today, all young people dance The Lipsi step, only in lipsistep, 126 Today, all young people like to learn The Lipsistep: it is modern!

There were small round tables, low backless stools for jazz buffs to sit on with knees hunched, and a bossa nova trio consisting of guitar, bass, and drums.

But the bossa nova could not keep Tramm from a steady loud patter addressed, embarrassingly, to the three of us.

Our navigators and cosmographers have traced the outlines of Atlantis, or the New World, where have been found the crocodile that lives for a thousand years and the quail that has the falling sickness: certain provinces or domains there we have named Norumbega, Nova Francia and Mocosa, in which latter part of the world has been found the horse that weeps and sighs like a man.

He saw no trace of a black Nova curbed along the Avenue or on the immediate side streets.

Toronto Professor Alan Wilson North West Cove Joy Turner Hubbards, Nova Scotia Documentalist, Canadian Plains Research CentreJj.