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Princeton's WordNet

  1. explosion, burstnoun

    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, burstnoun

    rapid simultaneous discharge of firearms

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

  3. burst, fitnoun

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

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

  4. outburst, burst, flare-upverb

    a sudden intense happening

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

  5. burst, split, break openverb

    come open suddenly and violently, as if from internal pressure

    "The bubble burst"

  6. break, burst, eruptverb

    force out or release suddenly and often violently something pent up

    "break into tears"; "erupt in anger"

  7. explode, burstverb

    burst outward, usually with noise

    "The champagne bottle exploded"

  8. burstverb

    move suddenly, energetically, or violently

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

  9. abound, burst, bristleverb

    be in a state of movement or action

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

  10. burstverb

    emerge suddenly

    "The sun burst into view"

  11. collapse, burstverb

    cause to burst

    "The ice broke the pipe"

  12. burst, bustverb

    break open or apart suddenly and forcefully

    "The dam burst"


  1. burstnoun

    An instance of, or the act of bursting.

    The bursts of the bombs could be heard miles away.

  2. burstverb

    To break from internal pressure.

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

  3. burstverb

    To cause to break from internal pressure.

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

  4. burstverb

    To separate formfeed at perforation lines

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

  5. burstverb

    To enter or exit hurriedly and unexpectedly..

  6. Etymology: 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.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Burstnoun

    A sudden disruption; a sudden and violent action of any kind.

    Etymology: from the verb.

    Since I was man,
    Such sheets of fire, such burst of horrid thunder,
    Such groans of roaring wind and rain, I never
    Remember to have heard. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    Down they came, and drew
    The whole roof after them, with burst of thunder,
    Upon the heads of all. John Milton, Agonistes, l. 1650.

    Imprison’d fire, in the close dungeons pent,
    Roar to get loose, and struggle for a vent,
    Eating their way, and undermining all,
    Till with a mighty burst whole mountains fall. Addison.

  2. Burst, Burstenparticipial adj.

    Diseased with a hernia, or rupture.

    Etymology: from burst.

  3. To Burstverb

    To break suddenly; to make a quick and violent disruption.

    My breast I’ll burst with straining of my courage,
    And from my shoulders crack my arms asunder,
    But I will chastise this high-minded strumpet. William Shakespeare.

    He fasten’d on my neck, and bellow’d out,
    As if he would burst heav’n. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    Moses saith also, the fountains of the great abyss were burst asunder, to make the deluge; and what means this abyss, and the bursting of it, if restrained to Judea? what appearance is there of this disruption there? Thomas Burnet, Theory.

    If the juices of an animal body were, so as by the mixture of the opposites, to cause an ebullition, they would burst the vessels. John Arbuthnot, on Aliments.

  4. To BURSTverb

    I burst; I have burst, or bursten.

    Etymology: burstan , Saxon.

    So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine. Prov. iii. 10.

    Yet am I thankful; if my heart were great,
    ’Twould burst at this. William Shakespeare, All’s well that ends well.

    You burst, ah cruel! from my arms,
    And swiftly shoot along the mall,
    Or softly glide by the canal. Alexander Pope.

    A resolved villain,
    Whose bowels suddenly burst out; the king
    Yet speaks, and, peradventure, may recover. William Shakespeare.

    If the worlds
    In worlds inclos’d, shou’d on his senses burst,
    He wou’d abhorrent turn. James Thomson, Summer, l. 310.

    Well didst thou, Richard, to suppress thy voice;
    For had the passions of thy heart burst out,
    I fear, we should have seen decypher’d there
    More ranc’rous spight. William Shakespeare, Henry VI. p. i.

    Where is the notable passage over the river Euphrates, bursting out by the vallies of the mountain Antitaurus; from whence the plains of Mesopotamia, then part of the Persian kingdom, begin to open themselves. Richard Knolles, History of the Turks.

    Young spring protrudes the bursting gems. James Thomson.

    She burst into tears, and wrung her hands. Arbuthnot.


  1. burst

    Bristol University's Radio Station (Burst) is a radio station run by students of the University of Bristol, UK. Its studios are located within the University of Bristol Students’ Union building and it broadcasts online. The station was initially known as ‘BURST FM’, but this name was dropped as the station no longer broadcasts on FM frequencies. The station is off air during university vacations.


  1. burst

    A burst is a sudden or intense occurrence or outbreak of activity, energy, sound, emotion or other phenomena. It often happens for a short period of time and is part of a non-continuous action. It can refer to a variety of contexts, including technology (data transmission), science (burst of light or energy), and even everyday life (burst of laughter or anger).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Burst

    of Burst

  2. Burstverb

    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. Burstverb

    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. Burstverb

    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. Burstverb

    to break

  6. Burstverb

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

  7. Burstnoun

    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. Burstnoun

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

  9. Burstnoun

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

  10. Burstnoun

    a rupture or hernia; a breach

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Burst

    burst, v.t. to break into pieces: to break open suddenly or by violence: to disturb, interrupt.—v.i. to fly open or break in pieces: to break forth or away: to break into some sudden expression of feeling—e.g. 'to burst into song:'—pa.t. and pa.p. burst.—n. a sudden outbreak: a hard gallop: a spurt: a drunken bout.—Burst in, to force one's way violently into; Burst into blossom, to begin to blossom; Burst into tears, to fall a-crying; Burst out, to force one's way out violently; Burst up (coll.), to explode: to fail, become bankrupt.—A burst up, a collapse, failure.—On the burst, on the spree. [A.S. berstan; Ger. bersten; Gael. brisd, to break.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. burst

    The explosion of a shell or any gun.

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. BURST

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Burst is ranked #54637 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Burst surname appeared 377 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Burst.

    80.3% or 303 total occurrences were White.
    15.9% or 60 total occurrences were Black.
    2.6% or 10 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of burst in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of burst in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of burst in a Sentence

  1. Rodrigo Catril:

    Markets appear to be coming around to the Fed narrative that a burst in inflation is only likely to be temporary, a temporary spike in prices should not instigate a removal of stimulatory policies from central banks.

  2. Madison Cawthorn:

    They're terrified of having their woke bubble burst.

  3. Madison Cawthorn:

    Fake news MSNBC doesn’t want to ‘take the risk’ that I’ll come on their show and trigger the left with my America First message and burst their woke dystopian bubble, the left doesn’t want debate from conservatives, they want silence. And now we have it in writing. Sad!

  4. Amir Daud for prayers:

    He got two bullets in front of me. I saw it. The whole burst then came to us, i pushed down my wife and leaned myself on her.

  5. Zoe Lofgren:

    John Roberts arrives at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial quickly burst into a partisan fight Tuesday as proceedings began unfolding at the Capitol. Democrats objected strongly to rules proposed by the Republican leader for compressed arguments and a speedy trial. ( AP Photo/Cliff Owen) As powerful as our evidence is.

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  • انفجارArabic
  • взривявам, взрив, пръсвам, избухване, пръсвам сеBulgarian
  • prasknout, prasknutíCzech
  • burstDanish
  • Platzen, zerplatzen, Zerbrechen, berstenGerman
  • σκάω, εκρήγνυμαι, έκρηξηGreek
  • kreviEsperanto
  • ráfaga, reventón, estallido, reventar, estalloSpanish
  • پشت سر همPersian
  • räjähdys, haljeta, halkaista, puhkeaminen, räjähtää, räjäyttää, puhjeta, puhkaistaFinnish
  • éclaterFrench
  • szétpukkan, szétpukkasztHungarian
  • eruptoIdo
  • separare, esplosione, scoppiare, esplodere, scoppio, strappareItalian
  • להתפוצץHebrew
  • 破裂, バーストJapanese
  • жарылуу, импульс, дүрт этүү, жарк, чалп эткен дабыш, чулп эткен дабыш, бөлүнүп кетүү, бөлүү, жарылыш, дүрт, башталып кетүүKyrgyz
  • rupti suntLatin
  • pahūMāori
  • barstenDutch
  • pęknąć, pękać, rozsadzać, rozerwaniePolish
  • estouro, explosão, arrebentar, estourarPortuguese
  • лопание, лопаться, взрыв, разорваться, трескаться, лопнуть, разорвать, разрывать, треснуть, разрыв, разрыватьсяRussian
  • brista, skur, spricka, omgång, spräcka, salva, briseraSwedish
  • పగిలిపోవు, పగలగొట్టుTelugu
  • patlatmak, patlamakTurkish
  • вибухUkrainian
  • bể, làm bểVietnamese
  • פּלאַצןYiddish
  • Chinese

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