to break, break open, or fly apart with sudden violence:
The bitter cold caused the pipes to burst.
to issue forth suddenly and forcibly, as from confinement or through an obstacle:
Oil burst to the surface. He burst through the doorway.
to give sudden expression to or as if to emotion:
to burst into applause; to burst into tears.
to be extremely full, as if ready to break open:
The house was bursting with people.
to appear suddenly; become visible, audible, evident, etc., all at once:
The sun burst through the clouds.
to cause to break or break open suddenly and violently:
He burst the balloon.
to cause or suffer the rupture of:
to burst a blood vessel.
to separate (the parts of a multipart stationery form consisting of interleaved paper and carbon paper).
an act or instance of bursting.
a sudden, intense display, as of activity, energy, or effort:
The car passed us with a burst of speed.
a sudden expression or manifestation, as of emotion:
a burst of affection.
a sudden and violent issuing forth:
a burst of steam from the pipe.
the explosion of a projectile, especially in a specified place:
an air burst.
a rapid sequence of shots fired by one pull on the trigger of an automatic weapon:
A burst from the machine gun shattered all the windows.
the result of bursting; breach; gap:
a burst in the dike.
a sudden appearance or opening to view.
burst at the seams, to be filled to or beyond normal capacity:
This room will be bursting at the seams when all the guests arrive.
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verb bursts, bursting, burst
to break or cause to break open or apart suddenly and noisily, esp from internal pressure; explode
(intransitive) to come, go, etc, suddenly and forcibly: he burst into the room
(intransitive) to be full to the point of breaking open
(intransitive) to give vent (to) suddenly or loudly: to burst into song
to cause or suffer the rupture of: to burst a blood vessel
a sudden breaking open or apart; explosion
a break; breach; rupture
a sudden display or increase of effort or action; spurt: a burst of speed
a sudden and violent emission, occurrence, or outbreak: a burst of heavy rain, a burst of applause
a volley of fire from a weapon or weapons
broken apart; ruptured: a burst pipe
any of various siliceous rocks used for millstones. a millstone of such material. Historical Examples All About Coffee William H. Ukers Chambers’s Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 3 of 4: N-R) Various noun a variant spelling of buhrstone
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any of various plants bearing a burlike fruit, as the cocklebur and burdock. noun any of various plants that bear burs, such as the burdock
(in Japan) the members of a large social minority who have traditionally been considered outcasts.