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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.
Historical Examples

Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
A Treasury of Eskimo Tales Clara Kern Bayliss
Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
Cressy Bret Harte
Fairy Prince and Other Stories Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
Thirty Years’ View (Vol. II of 2) Thomas Hart Benton
A Bottle in the Smoke Milne Rae
Narrative of a Journey Down the Ohio and Mississippi in 1789-90 Samuel S. Forman
California J. Tyrwhitt Brooks
The Southern Soldier Boy James Carson Elliott

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


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