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verb \ˈbərst\

Simple Definition of burst

  • : to break open or into pieces in a sudden and violent way

  • : to cause (something) to break open or into pieces

  • : to open suddenly

Full Definition of burst

burst also burst·edburst·ing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to break open, apart, or into pieces usually from impact or from pressure from within

  3. 2 a :  to give way from an excess of emotion <my heart will burst> b :  to give vent suddenly to a repressed emotion <burst into tears> <burst out laughing>

  4. 3 a :  to emerge or spring suddenly <burst out of the house> <burst onto the scene> b :  launch, plunge <burst into song>

  5. 4 :  to be filled to the breaking point <bursting with excitement> <a crate bursting with fruit>

  6. transitive verb
  7. 1 :  to cause to burst <burst a balloon>

  8. 2 a :  to force open (as a door or a way) by strong or vigorous action b :  to flood over <the river burst its banks>

  9. 3 :  to produce by or as if by bursting

burst at the seams
  1. :  to be larger, fuller, or more crowded than could reasonably have been anticipated

Examples of burst

  1. Two of the water pipes burst.

  2. He burst a blood vessel.

  3. The doors suddenly burst open.

  4. The cops burst the door open.

  5. He burst into the room.

  6. The sun burst through the clouds.

  7. She burst through the door and yelled Surprise!.

Origin of burst

Middle English bersten, from Old English berstan; akin to Old High German brestan to burst

First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with burst




Simple Definition of burst

  • : a short period of producing or doing something that begins suddenly

  • : an act of breaking open or into pieces : the result of something breaking open or into pieces

Full Definition of burst

  1. 1 a :  a sudden outbreak; especially :  a vehement outburst (as of emotion) b :  explosion, eruption c :  a sudden intense effort <a burst of speed> d :  the duration of fire in one engagement of the mechanism of an automatic firearm

  2. 2 :  an act of bursting

  3. 3 :  a result of bursting; especially :  a visible puff accompanying the explosion of a shell

Examples of burst

  1. She ran hard in short bursts toward the end of the race.

  2. the burst of a bubble


First Known Use of burst


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