Definition of Burst

1. Noun. The act of exploding or bursting. "The burst of an atom bomb creates enormous radiation aloft"

Exact synonyms: Explosion
Generic synonyms: Change Of Integrity
Specialized synonyms: Detonation, Fulmination
Derivative terms: Explode, Explode



2. Verb. Come open suddenly and violently, as if from internal pressure. "The wooden sticks burst "; "The bubble burst"
Exact synonyms: Break Open, Split
Specialized synonyms: Pop, Blow, Stave, Stave In
Generic synonyms: Break, Come Apart, Fall Apart, Separate, Split Up
Derivative terms: Split

3. Noun. Rapid simultaneous discharge of firearms. "Our fusillade from the left flank caught them by surprise"
Exact synonyms: Fusillade, Salvo, Volley
Generic synonyms: Fire, Firing
Derivative terms: Fusillade, Volley, Volley

4. Verb. Force out or release suddenly and often violently something pent up. "Erupt in anger"
Exact synonyms: Break, Erupt
Generic synonyms: Express Emotion, Express Feelings

5. Noun. A sudden flurry of activity (often for no obvious reason). "A fit of housecleaning"
Exact synonyms: Fit
Generic synonyms: Activity
Specialized synonyms: Fits And Starts

6. Verb. Burst outward, usually with noise. "The champagne bottle exploded"
Exact synonyms: Explode
Generic synonyms: Change Integrity
Specialized synonyms: Crump, Go Off, Belch, Erupt, Extravasate
Derivative terms: Burster, Explosion
Antonyms: Implode

7. Noun. A sudden intense happening. "A burst of lightning"
Exact synonyms: Flare-up, Outburst
Generic synonyms: Happening, Natural Event, Occurrence, Occurrent
Specialized synonyms: Salvo, Rush
Derivative terms: Flare Up

8. Verb. Move suddenly, energetically, or violently. "He burst out of the house into the cool night"
Generic synonyms: Bound, Jump, Leap, Spring

9. Verb. Be in a state of movement or action. "The streets burst with crowds"; "The garden bristled with toddlers"
Exact synonyms: Abound, Bristle
Generic synonyms: Feature, Have

10. Verb. Emerge suddenly. "The sun burst into view"
Generic synonyms: Emerge

11. Verb. Cause to burst. "The ice broke the pipe"
Exact synonyms: Collapse
Specialized synonyms: Pop
Causes: Break, Cave In, Collapse, Fall In, Founder, Give, Give Way
Related verbs: Break, Cave In, Collapse, Fall In, Founder, Give, Give Way

12. Verb. Break open or apart suddenly and forcefully. "The dam burst"
Exact synonyms: Bust
Specialized synonyms: Shatter
Generic synonyms: Break, Come Apart, Fall Apart, Separate, Split Up

Definition of Burst

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

Definition of Burst

1. Noun. An instance of, or the act of ''bursting''. ¹

2. Verb. (intransitive) To break from internal pressure. ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) To cause to break from internal pressure. ¹

4. Verb. (transitive) To separate formfeed at perforation lines ¹

5. Verb. (intransitive) To enter or exit hurriedly and unexpectedly.. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Burst

1. to break open suddenly or violently [v BURST or BURSTED, BURSTING, BURSTS]

Medical Definition of Burst

1. 1. 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. "From the egg that soon Bursting with kindly rupture, forth disclosed Their callow young." (Milton) Often used figuratively, as of the heart, in reference to a surcharge of passion, grief, desire, etc. "No, no, my heart will burst, an if I speak: And I will speak, that so my heart may burst." (Shak) 2. 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 unexpecedly or unaccountably, or to depart in such manner; usually with some qualifying adverb or preposition, as forth, out, away, into, upon, through, etc. "Tears, such as angels weep, burst forth." (Milton) "And now you burst (ah cruel!) from my arms." (Pope) "A resolved villain Whose bowels suddenly burst out." (Shak) "We were the first that ever burst Into that silent sea." (Coleridge) "To burst upon him like an earthquake." (Goldsmith) Origin: OE. Bersten, bresten, AS. Berstan (pers. Sing. Berste, imp. Sing. Baerst, imp. Pl. Burston, p.p. Borsten); akin to D. Bersten, G. Bersten, OHG. Brestan, OS. Brestan, Icel. Bresta, Sw. Brista, Dan. Briste. Cf. Brast, Break. 1. To break or rend by violence, as by an overcharge or by strain or pressure, especially. From within; to force open suddenly; as, to burst a cannon; to burst a blood vessel; to burst open the doors. "My breast I'll burst with straining of my courage." (Shak) 2. To break. "You will not pay for the glasses you have burst?" (Shak) "He burst his lance against the sand below." (Fairfax (Tasso)) 3. To produce as an effect of bursting; as, to burst a hole through the wall. Bursting charge. See Charge. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Burst

bursate
burse
bursectomy
burseed
burseeds
burses
bursiculate
bursiform
bursitides
bursitis
bursitises
bursolith
bursopathies
bursopathy
bursotomy
burst (current term)
burst forming unit
burst forth
burst in
burst in on
burst number
burst out
burst out laughing
burst size
burst someone's bubble
burst upon
burstable
bursted
bursten
burstenness

Literary usage of Burst

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1. Proceedings of the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine (1903)
"... 161, 255 response of erythroid day 3 burst-forming units, 162, 275 shock, deleterious effects of leucine administration (rat), 162, 420 -tolerance, ..."

2. Ivanhoe: A Romance by Walter Scott (1895)
"... thunderbolt has just burst, and who hears still the astounding report ringing in his ears. The Templar and Prior were shortly after marshalled to their ..."

3. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1855)
"Arrest of Hemorrhage from a burst Varix.—At the bedside of a patient now ... None who have seen cases of burst varix will ever forget the fearful way in ..."

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