Definitions for Burstbɜrst

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

burst*bɜrst(v.)burst; burst•ed, burst•ing

  1. (v.i.)to break, break open, or fly apart with sudden violence.

  2. to issue forth suddenly and forcibly.

  3. to give sudden expression to or as if to emotion:

    to burst into tears.

  4. to be extremely full, as if ready to break open:

    a room bursting with people.

  5. to appear suddenly:

    The sun burst through the clouds.

  6. (v.t.)to cause to break suddenly and violently.

  7. to cause or suffer the rupture of:

    to burst a blood vessel.

  8. to separate (the sheets of a multipart copy).

  9. (n.)an act or instance of bursting.

  10. a sudden, intense display, as of energy or effort:

    a burst of speed.

  11. a sudden expression or manifestation, as of emotion:

    a burst of affection.

  12. the explosion of a projectile, esp. in a specified place: a rapid sequence of shots:

    an air burst.

    a machine gun burst.

    Category: Military

  13. breach; gap:

    to plug a burst in the dike.

Idioms for burst:

  1. burst at the seams,to be filled beyond normal capacity.

    Category: Idiom

* Usage: See bust2.

Origin of burst:

bef. 1000; ME bersten,bursten, OE berstan


Princeton's WordNet

  1. explosion, burst(noun)

    the act of exploding or bursting

    "the explosion of the firecrackers awoke the children"; "the burst of an atom bomb creates enormous radiation aloft"

  2. fusillade, salvo, volley, burst(noun)

    rapid simultaneous discharge of firearms

    "our fusillade from the left flank caught them by surprise"

  3. burst, fit(noun)

    a sudden flurry of activity (often for no obvious reason)

    "a burst of applause"; "a fit of housecleaning"

  4. outburst, burst, flare-up(verb)

    a sudden intense happening

    "an outburst of heavy rain"; "a burst of lightning"

  5. burst, split, break open(verb)

    come open suddenly and violently, as if from internal pressure

    "The bubble burst"

  6. break, burst, erupt(verb)

    force out or release suddenly and often violently something pent up

    "break into tears"; "erupt in anger"

  7. explode, burst(verb)

    burst outward, usually with noise

    "The champagne bottle exploded"

  8. burst(verb)

    move suddenly, energetically, or violently

    "He burst out of the house into the cool night"

  9. abound, burst, bristle(verb)

    be in a state of movement or action

    "The room abounded with screaming children"; "The garden bristled with toddlers"

  10. burst(verb)

    emerge suddenly

    "The sun burst into view"

  11. collapse, burst(verb)

    cause to burst

    "The ice broke the pipe"

  12. burst, bust(verb)

    break open or apart suddenly and forcefully

    "The dam burst"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. burst(verb)ɜrst

    to break or cause to break suddenly

    The milk carton burst.; to burst a balloon

  2. burstɜrst

    to move suddenly in a particular direction

    to burst into the room; They burst through the door

  3. burstɜrst

    to surprise sb by suddenly entering the room

    She burst in on us while we were fighting.

  4. burst(noun)ɜrst

    a sudden action, emotion or activity

    a burst of laughter; a burst of optimism


  1. burst(Noun)

    An instance of, or the act of bursting.

    The bursts of the bombs could be heard miles away.

  2. burst(Verb)

    To break from internal pressure.

    I blew the balloon up too much, and it burst.

  3. burst(Verb)

    To cause to break from internal pressure.

    I burst the balloon when I blew it up too much.

  4. burst(Verb)

    To separate formfeed at perforation lines

    I printed the report on formfeed paper then burst the sheets.

  5. burst(Verb)

    To enter or exit hurriedly and unexpectedly..

  6. Origin: bersten, from berstan, from brestanan (compare West Frisian boarste, Dutch barsten, Swedish brista), from bʰre-s-t- (compare Irish bris ‘to break’), enlargement of ‘to snip, split’. More at brine.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Burst

    of Burst

  2. Burst(verb)

    to fly apart or in pieces; of break open; to yield to force or pressure, especially to a sudden and violent exertion of force, or to pressure from within; to explode; as, the boiler had burst; the buds will burst in spring

  3. Burst(verb)

    to exert force or pressure by which something is made suddenly to give way; to break through obstacles or limitations; hence, to appear suddenly and unexpectedly or unaccountably, or to depart in such manner; -- usually with some qualifying adverb or preposition, as forth, out, away, into, upon, through, etc

  4. Burst(verb)

    to break or rend by violence, as by an overcharge or by strain or pressure, esp. from within; to force open suddenly; as, to burst a cannon; to burst a blood vessel; to burst open the doors

  5. Burst(verb)

    to break

  6. Burst(verb)

    to produce as an effect of bursting; as, to burst a hole through the wall

  7. Burst(noun)

    a sudden breaking forth; a violent rending; an explosion; as, a burst of thunder; a burst of applause; a burst of passion; a burst of inspiration

  8. Burst(noun)

    any brief, violent exertion or effort; a spurt; as, a burst of speed

  9. Burst(noun)

    a sudden opening, as of landscape; a stretch; an expanse

  10. Burst(noun)

    a rupture or hernia; a breach

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Burst' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4739

  2. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Burst' in Verbs Frequency: #631

Translations for Burst

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a break or explosion

a burst in the pipes.

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