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Princeton's WordNet

  1. flop, bust, fizzlenoun

    a complete failure

    "the play was a dismal flop"

  2. female chest, bustnoun

    the chest of a woman

  3. bustnoun

    a sculpture of the head and shoulders of a person

  4. bust, tear, binge, boutadjective

    an occasion for excessive eating or drinking

    "they went on a bust that lasted three days"

  5. broke, bust, skint, stone-broke, stony-brokeverb

    lacking funds

    "`skint' is a British slang term"

  6. break, bustverb

    ruin completely

    "He busted my radio!"

  7. raid, bustverb

    search without warning, make a sudden surprise attack on

    "The police raided the crack house"

  8. tear, rupture, snap, bustverb

    separate or cause to separate abruptly

    "The rope snapped"; "tear the paper"

  9. break, wear, wear out, bust, fall apartverb

    go to pieces

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

  10. burst, bustverb

    break open or apart suddenly and forcefully

    "The dam burst"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Bustnoun

    A statue representing a man to his breast.

    Etymology: busto, Ital.

    Agrippa, or Caligula, is a common coin, but a very extraordinary bust; and a Tiberius, a rare coin, but a common bust. Joseph Addison, on Italy.

    Ambition sigh’d: she found it vain to trust
    The faithless column, and the crumbling bust. Alexander Pope.


  1. bust

    A bust refers to a sculpture, statue, or representation of the upper part of the human figure, including the head, neck, shoulders, and often the chest. It also can refer to a period of economic down turn or collapse, or the act of breaking, violating or catching someone in an illegal activity or action.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bustnoun

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

  2. Bustnoun

    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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Bust

    bust, n. a sculpture representing the head and breast of a person: the upper part of the human body, a woman's bosom.—adj. Bust′ed, breasted: adorned with busts. [Fr. buste; It. and Sp. busto.]

  2. Bust

    bust, n. and v. a vulgar form of Burst.—n. Bust′er, something large: a frolic: (slang) a roisterer.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of bust in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of bust in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of bust in a Sentence

  1. Blow:

    Fred Sometimes you're flush and sometimes you're bust, and when you're up, it's never as good as it seems, and when you're down, you never think you'll be up again. But life goes on.

  2. Lenny Bruce:

    Now a Jew, in the dictionary, is one who is descended from the ancient tribes of Judea, or one who is regarded as descended from that tribe. That's what it says in the dictionary; but you and I know what a Jew is -- One Who Killed Our Lord. And although there should be a statute of limitations for that crime, it seems that those who neither have the actions nor the gait of Christians, pagan or not, will bust us out, unrelenting dues, for another deuce.

  3. Henry Blodget:

    Thankfully, for all of us, I'm not in the stock-market prediction business anymore. I do think the tech industry is in a boom that will end the way all booms do - in a bust, but the magnitude of what's happening today is just a faint echo of what happened in the 1990s.

  4. Windie Lazenko:

    I speak their language from the get-go, i'm not law enforcement. I'm not out there to bust them. They don't have to play the game with me. They're going to respect me and I'm going to respect them. ... I know what it is to be out there.

  5. Van Assche:

    We're cutting costs in every way, shape and form that we can, this boom and bust thing has been a lot of fun.

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