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burst

verb \ ˈbərst \

Definition of burst

burst also bursted; bursting
intransitive verb
1 :to break open, apart, or into pieces usually from impact or from pressure from within
  • the balloon burst
  • the pipes burst
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
3 a :to emerge or spring suddenly
  • burst out of the house
  • burst onto the scene
  • burst into flames
b :launch, plunge
  • burst into song
4 :to be filled to the breaking point
  • bursting with excitement
  • a crate bursting with fruit
transitive verb
1 :to cause to burst
  • burst a balloon
2 a :to force open (something, such as a door or a way) by strong or vigorous action
b :to flood over
  • the river burst its banks
3 :to produce by or as if by bursting
burst at the seams
: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!”.

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Origin and Etymology of burst

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

burst Synonyms


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burst

noun

Definition of burst

1 a :a sudden outbreak
  • a burst of flames
; especially :a vehement outburst (as of emotion)
b :explosion, eruption
  • a burst of violence
c :a sudden intense effort
  • a burst of speed
d :the duration of fire in one engagement of the mechanism of an automatic firearm
  • bursts of machine-gun fire
2 :an act of bursting
  • the burst of a bubble
  • a burst of confidence
3 :a result of bursting
  • had the plumber fix the burst
; especiallyfirearms :a visible puff accompanying the explosion of a shell (see 1shell 9b)

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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Origin and Etymology of burst

see 1burst



BURST Defined for English Language Learners

burst

verb

Definition of burst for English Language Learners

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

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

  • : to open suddenly


burst

noun

Definition of burst for English Language Learners

  • : 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


BURST Defined for Kids

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burst

verb \ ˈbərst \

Definition of burst for Students

burst; bursting
1 :to break open or in pieces (as by an explosion from within)
  • bombs bursting in air
  • buds bursting open
2 :to suddenly show emotion
  • He burst into tears.
3 :to come or go suddenly
  • He burst into the room.
4 :to be filled to the maximum
  • The puppy is bursting with energy.

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burst

noun

Definition of burst for Students

:a sudden release or effort
  • a burst of laughter
  • a burst of energy


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