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burst

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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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of burst

burst

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bursted

bursting

  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 in a sentence

  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 and Etymology of burst

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


First Known Use: before 12th century


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burst

noun

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

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 in a sentence

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

  2. the burst of a bubble



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First Known Use of burst

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BURST Defined for Kids

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burst

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verb \ˈbərst\

Definition of burst for Students

burst

bursting

  1. 1 :  to break open or in pieces (as by an explosion from within) <bombs bursting in air> <buds bursting open>

  2. 2 :  to suddenly show emotion <He burst into tears.>

  3. 3 :  to come or go suddenly <He burst into the room.>

  4. 4 :  to be filled to the maximum <The puppy is bursting with energy.>




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Definition of burst for Students

  1. :  a sudden release or effort <a burst of laughter> <a burst of energy>





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