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Verb: burst (burst)  burst
  1. Come open suddenly and violently, as if from internal pressure
    "The bubble burst";
    - split, break open
  2. Force out or release suddenly and often violently something pent up
    "burst into tears";
    - break, erupt
  3. Burst outward, usually with noise
    "The champagne bottle burst";
    - explode
  4. Move suddenly, energetically, or violently
    "He burst out of the house into the cool night"
  5. Be in a state of movement or action
    "The room burst with screaming children";
    - abound, bristle
  6. Emerge suddenly
    "The sun burst into view"
  7. Cause to burst
    - collapse
  8. Break open or apart suddenly and forcefully
    "The dam burst";
    - bust [informal]
Noun: burst  burst
  1. The act of exploding or bursting
    "the burst of an atom bomb creates enormous radiation aloft";
    - explosion
  2. Rapid simultaneous discharge of firearms
    "our burst from the left flank caught them by surprise";
    - fusillade, salvo, volley
  3. A sudden flurry of activity (often for no obvious reason)
    "a burst of applause";
    - fit
  4. A sudden intense happening
    "a burst of lightning";
    - outburst, flare-up

Derived forms: burst, bursting, bursts

Type of: activity, bound, break, change integrity, change of integrity, come apart, emerge, express emotion, express feelings, fall apart, feature, fire, firing, happening, have, jump, leap, natural event, occurrence, occurrent, separate, split up, spring

Encyclopedia: Burst