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be bursting

Definition of be bursting

  1. 1 :  to be filled with something <The crate was bursting with fruit.> <The dish is bursting with flavors.> <Her parents were practically bursting with pride.>

  2. 2 :  to want very much to do (something one is not yet able to do) <I'm bursting to tell you the news, but I have to talk to Ken first.>

  3. 3 British informal :  to need to urinate very badly

Word by Word Definitions

burstplay bursting
  1. :  to break open, apart, or into pieces usually from impact or from pressure from within

    :  to give way from an excess of emotion

    :  to give vent suddenly to a repressed emotion

  1. :  a sudden outbreak

    :  a vehement outburst (as of emotion)

    :  explosion, eruption

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of a yellow-green or bluish-gray color

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