Burst meaning

bûrst
To burst is defined as to break apart suddenly and with force.

An example of to burst is for a water balloon to pop.

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The definition of a burst is a sudden and violent breaking or a sudden display of energy or emotion.

An example of a burst is a baby chicken pushing out of an egg.

An example of a burst is a sudden outbreak into tears.

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To give sudden utterance or expression.

Burst out laughing; burst into tears.

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To come apart or seem to come apart because of overwhelming emotion.

Thought his heart would burst with happiness.

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The act of bursting; explosion, as of an artillery shell.
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To emerge, come forth, or arrive suddenly.

Burst out of the door.

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To cause to burst.

Burst the balloon.

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To separate formfeed at perforation lines.

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

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(intransitive) To enter or exit hurriedly and unexpectedly.
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To exert strong pressure in order to force (something) open.
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To separate (a continuous form or printout) into individual sheets.
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A sudden outbreak or outburst; an explosion.
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The result of bursting, especially the explosion of a projectile or bomb on impact or in the air.
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A period of intense activity.
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To come apart suddenly and violently, as from internal pressure; fly into pieces; break open or out; explode.
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To give sudden expression to some feeling; break (into tears, laughter, a tirade, etc.)
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To go, come, start, appear, etc. suddenly and with force.

He burst into the room.

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To cause to burst; make explode.
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To fill or cause to swell to the bursting point.
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The result of a bursting; break; rupture.
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A sudden, violent display of feeling.
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A sudden, forceful action; spurt.

A burst of speed.

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An instance of, or the act of bursting.

The bursts of the bombs could be heard miles away.

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(intransitive) To break from internal pressure.

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

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To cause to break from internal pressure.

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

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Fairfax.

He burst his lance against the sand below.

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A volley of shots, or a single series of shots from an automatic firearm.
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To produce as an effect of bursting.

To burst a hole through the wall.

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To be or seem to be full to the point of breaking open.

The sacks were bursting with grain.

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An abrupt, intense increase; a rush.

A burst of speed; fitful bursts of wind.

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Origin of burst

  • Middle English bursten from Old English berstan

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English bersten, from Old English berstan, from Proto-Germanic *brestaną (compare West Frisian boarste, Dutch barsten, Swedish brista), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰre-s-t- (compare Irish bris (“to break”)), enlargement of *bʰreHi- (“to snip, split”). More at brine.

    From Wiktionary