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burst

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verb \ˈbərst\

Definition of burst

burst

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bursted

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bursting

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

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

  4. 3a :  to emerge or spring suddenly burst out of the house burst onto the scene burst into flamesb :  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. 2a :  to force open (something, such as a door or a way) by strong or vigorous actionb :  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!.

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Origin and Etymology of burst

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


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burst

noun

Definition of burst

  1. 1a :  a sudden outbreak a burst of flames; especially :  a vehement outburst (as of emotion)b :  explosion, eruption a burst of violencec :  a sudden intense effort a burst of speedd :  the duration of fire in one engagement of the mechanism of an automatic firearm bursts of machine-gun fire

  2. 2 :  an act of bursting the burst of a bubble a burst of confidence

  3. 3 :  a result of bursting had the plumber fix the burst; especially, firearms :  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

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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

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verb \ˈbərst\

Definition of burst for Students

burst

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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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burst

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noun

Definition of burst for Students

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



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