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Burst - Meaning and Examples

Meaning of 'Burst' (Webster Dictionary)

1 . Burst [ imp. & p. p.]
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2 . Burst [ n.]
- A sudden breaking forth; a violent rending; an explosion; as, a burst of thunder; a burst of applause; a burst of passion; a burst of inspiration.
- Any brief, violent exertion or effort; a spurt; as, a burst of speed.
- A sudden opening, as of landscape; a stretch; an expanse.
- A rupture or hernia; a breach.
3 . Burst [ v. i.]
- To fly apart or in pieces; of break open; to yield to force or pressure, especially to a sudden and violent exertion of force, or to pressure from within; to explode; as, the boiler had burst; the buds will burst in spring.
- To exert force or pressure by which something is made suddenly to give way; to break through obstacles or limitations; hence, to appear suddenly and unexpectedly or unaccountably, or to depart in such manner; -- usually with some qualifying adverb or preposition, as forth, out, away, into, upon, through, etc.
4 . Burst [ v. t.]
- To break or rend by violence, as by an overcharge or by strain or pressure, esp. from within; to force open suddenly; as, to burst a cannon; to burst a blood vessel; to burst open the doors.
- To break.
- To produce as an effect of bursting; as, to burst a hole through the wall.

Meaning of 'Burst' (Princeton's WordNet)

1 . burst [ n]
Meaning (1):
- a sudden flurry of activity (often for no obvious reason)
Example in sentence:
  • a burst of applause;
  • a fit of housecleaning
Meaning (2):
- a sudden intense happening
Example in sentence:
  • a burst of lightning;
  • an outburst of heavy rain
Meaning (3):
- rapid simultaneous discharge of firearms
Example in sentence:
  • our fusillade from the left flank caught them by surprise
Meaning (4):
- the act of exploding or bursting
Example in sentence:
  • the burst of an atom bomb creates enormous radiation aloft;
  • the explosion of the firecrackers awoke the children
5 . burst [ v]
Meaning (5):
- force out or release suddenly and often violently something pent up
Example in sentence:
  • break into tears;
  • erupt in anger
Meaning (6):
- move suddenly, energetically, or violently
Example in sentence:
  • He burst out of the house into the cool night
Meaning (7):
- come open suddenly and violently, as if from internal pressure
Example in sentence:
  • The bubble burst
Meaning (8):
- burst outward, usually with noise
Example in sentence:
  • The champagne bottle exploded
Meaning (9):
- break open or apart suddenly and forcefully
Example in sentence:
  • The dam burst
Meaning (10):
- be in a state of movement or action
Example in sentence:
  • The garden bristled with toddlers;
  • The room abounded with screaming children
Meaning (11):
- cause to burst
Example in sentence:
  • The ice broke the pipe
Meaning (12):
- emerge suddenly
Example in sentence:
  • The sun burst into view