What does bust mean?

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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.

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. Tokyo University:

    Companies which take such steps at the cost of competitiveness would probably go bust even before the next disaster occurs.

  2. Steven Hoffman:

    The positive example I often point to is when Magic Johnson talked about being HIV-positive, which provided a moment to bust stigma around HIV.

  3. Donald Burns:

    The ego. How many times have we argued with someone knowing they were really right, yet we just won’t give in due to that darn ego, egos have started wars, ruined economies (the housing bust), and closed the doors of more restaurants than we could list here.

  4. Paul Chavez:

    We're happy that the bust is there.

  5. Sue Mi Terry:

    President Moon has to really deliver in terms of making President Donald Trump feel like this summit isn't going to go bust, no one wants to walk into a meeting that's going to fail. I think tomorrow's meeting is critical in terms of whether we're really going to have Washington and Pyongyang meeting.

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    be contingent upon (something that is elided)
    • A. accompany
    • B. deny
    • C. moan
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