Definitions of burst

  1. be in a state of movement or action; " The room abounded with screaming children"; " The garden bristled with toddlers"
  2. break open or apart suddenly; " The bubble burst"
  3. a sudden flurry of activity ( often for no obvious reason); " a burst of applause"; " a fit of housecleaning"
  4. rapid simultaneous discharge of firearms; " our fusillade from the left flank caught them by surprise"
  5. a sudden violent happening; " an outburst of heavy rain"; " a burst of lightning"
  6. burst outward, usually with noise; " The champagne bottle exploded"
  7. emerge suddenly; " The sun burst into view"
  8. move suddenly, energetically, or violently; " He burst out of the house into the cool night"
  9. cause to burst; " The ice broke the pipe"
  10. force out or release suddenly and often violently something pent up; " break into tears"; " erupt in anger"
  11. suddenly and violently broken open especially from internal pressure (` busted' is an informal term for ` burst'); " a burst balloon"; " burst pipes"; " burst seams"; " a ruptured appendix"; " a busted balloon"
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. To break.
  16. To produce as an effect of bursting; as, to burst a hole through the wall.
  17. 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.
  18. Any brief, violent exertion or effort; a spurt; as, a burst of speed.
  19. A sudden opening, as of landscape; a stretch; an expanse.
  20. A rupture or hernia; a breach.
  21. To break open by flying to pieces; to explode; to break suddenly into action, speech, or feeling; usually with out, upon, into, etc.; as, to burst into tears; appear or disappear suddenly; as, a scene bursts upon the view.
  22. Burst.
  23. Bursting.
  24. To break by violence; to open suddenly.
  25. A violent or sudden breaking forth; as, a burst of applause; a sudden explosion; a rush; a spurt.
  26. To break into pieces: to break open suddenly or by violence.
  27. To fly open or break in pieces: to break forth or away:- pa. t. and pa. p. burst.
  28. A sudden outbreak.
  29. To break open or into pieces.
  30. To fly open or into pieces.
  31. To suffer rupture from an internal force.
  32. To exhibit some sudden and violent activity, break forth; break away.
  33. To be filled or stirred to overflowing or breaking, as with passion.
  34. A sudden or violent explosion or breaking forth; sudden rending or disruption.
  35. A sudden effort; spurt; rush; as a burst of speed.
  36. A sudden breaking forth; a sudden explosion or shooting forth; a rent.
  37. To break or reud open with violence.
  38. To break or fly open suddenly and with violence; to disrupt violently; to explode; to break, rush forth, or fall upon suddenly or with violence.
  39. A sudden breakage; an explosion; a violent outbreak.
  40. To break open forcibly or with sudden violence; to break away from; to come upon unexpectedly; to break forth, or into, with violence; to rend by force.

Usage examples for burst

  1. And now with a sudden movement she burst into tears and flung her arms about my neck. – The Complete PG Edition of The Works of Winston Churchill by Winston Churchill
  2. He burst in on his mother like a young wind. – Love of Brothers by Katharine Tynan
  3. Is so that he shan't burst in till I know. – The Awkward Age by Henry James
  4. And then their eyes met, and at the same moment they burst out laughing. – The Gem Collector by P. G. Wodehouse
  5. When are his great plans to burst out? – Diary from March 4, 1861, to November 12, 1862 by Adam Gurowski
  6. Jeanne burst out laughing. – Between Whiles by Helen Hunt Jackson
  7. Mrs. Stanhope took her in her arms, and burst into tears. – Gritli's Children by Johanna Spyri
  8. As soon as the woman's back was turned, Joe burst out, " There, there! – The Sport of the Gods by Paul Laurence Dunbar
  9. " I mean nothing of the kind," he burst out. – The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins
  10. Then she burst into tears, and kissed him, and told him that she would always look to him as to a brother. – The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope
  11. But it is my head that is going to burst. – The Mirror of the Sea by Joseph Conrad
  12. He was received with a burst of violent exclamations. – Garrick's Pupil by Auguston Filon
  13. Then he burst again into a laugh. – Clementina by A.E.W. Mason
  14. I- I and she burst into a short, nervous laugh that shocked even herself- I do not marry Lord Langley for love. – Countess Erika's Apprenticeship by Ossip Schubin
  15. " Oh, no, don't be sorry," I burst out, for I had often talked about this with Carrie. – Esther A Book for Girls by Rosa Nouchette Carey
  16. I get so happy I feel that I'll burst if I'm not careful. – Judy of York Hill by Ethel Hume Patterson Bennett
  17. And then Edith burst away and hurried down the street. – The Cow Puncher by Robert J. C. Stead
  18. But she said she looked around at Henry, and he was watchin' to see how she'd take it, and all at once he burst out laughin', and that made her mad again, and she thought about all the trouble she'd been through, and she begun cry in' again and says she, 'Oh! – The Land of Long Ago by Eliza Calvert Hall
  19. In a moment or two the door burst open and in came Biddy. – The Rectory Children by Mrs Molesworth