Definitions for bustbʌst

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. a representation of the upper part of the human figure, esp. the head and shoulders.

    Category: Fine Arts

  2. the chest or breast, esp. a woman's bosom.

Origin of bust:

1685–95; < F buste < It busto


  1. to burst.

    Category: Informal

  2. to break or separate; split (usu. fol. by up).

  3. to go bankrupt.

  4. to collapse from the strain of making a supreme effort.

  5. (v.t.)Informal. to burst. to bankrupt; ruin financially.

    Category: Informal

  6. to demote, esp. in military rank.

  7. to tame; break:

    to bust a bronco.

  8. Slang. to place under arrest. to subject to a police raid.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Status (usage)

  9. Informal. to hit. to break:

    I fell and busted my arm.

    Category: Informal

  10. to damage or destroy (usu. fol. by up).

  11. (n.)a failure.

  12. Informal. a hit; sock; punch.

    Category: Informal

  13. a sudden economic decline; depression.

  14. Slang. an arrest. a police raid.

    Category: Status (usage)

  15. Informal. a drinking spree; binge.

    Category: Informal

  16. (adj.)Informal. bankrupt; broke.

    Category: Informal

* Informal.. Usage: Historically bust is derived from a dialect pronunciation of burst and is related to it much as cuss is related to curse. As both noun and verb bust has a wide range of meanings. A few, as “a decline in economic conditions, depression,” are standard.

Origin of bust:

1755–65; var. of burst , by loss of r before s, as in ass2, bass2, passel , etc.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. flop, bust, fizzle(noun)

    a complete failure

    "the play was a dismal flop"

  2. female chest, bust(noun)

    the chest of a woman

  3. bust(noun)

    a sculpture of the head and shoulders of a person

  4. bust, tear, binge, bout(adj)

    an occasion for excessive eating or drinking

    "they went on a bust that lasted three days"

  5. broke, bust, skint, stone-broke, stony-broke(verb)

    lacking funds

    "`skint' is a British slang term"

  6. break, bust(verb)

    ruin completely

    "He busted my radio!"

  7. raid, bust(verb)

    search without warning, make a sudden surprise attack on

    "The police raided the crack house"

  8. tear, rupture, snap, bust(verb)

    separate or cause to separate abruptly

    "The rope snapped"; "tear the paper"

  9. break, wear, wear out, bust, fall apart(verb)

    go to pieces

    "The lawn mower finally broke"; "The gears wore out"; "The old chair finally fell apart completely"

  10. burst, bust(verb)

    break open or apart suddenly and forcefully

    "The dam burst"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. bust(verb)ʌst

    to break

    I busted my camera.

  2. bustʌst

    to arrest

    He was busted for possession of drugs.

  3. bust(noun)ʌst

    a model of a head and shoulders

    a bust of Beethoven

  4. bustʌst

    a woman's breasts

    a woman with a large bust

  5. bust(adverb)ʌst

    to become bankrupt

    a business that went bust

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bust(noun)

    a piece of sculpture representing the upper part of the human figure, including the head, shoulders, and breast

  2. Bust(noun)

    the portion of the human figure included between the head and waist, whether in statuary or in the person; the chest or thorax; the upper part of the trunk of the body


  1. Bust

    BUST Magazine is a women's pop culture magazine that is published bi-monthly by Debbie Stoller and Laurie Henzel.

Anagrams of bust

  1. BTUs

  2. Buts

  3. Tubs

Translations for bust

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a woman's chest

She has a very small bust.

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