(bûrst) KEY VERB: burst
, bursts VERB: intr.
- To come open or fly apart suddenly or violently, especially from internal pressure.
- To explode.
- To be or seem to be full to the point of breaking open: The sacks were bursting with grain.
- To emerge, come forth, or arrive suddenly: burst out of the door.
- To come apart or seem to come apart because of overwhelming emotion: thought his heart would burst with happiness.
- To give sudden utterance or expression: burst out laughing; burst into tears.
- To cause to burst: burst the balloon. See Synonyms at break.
- To exert strong pressure in order to force (something) open.
- To separate (a continuous form or printout) into individual sheets.
- A sudden outbreak or outburst; an explosion.
- The result of bursting, especially the explosion of a projectile or bomb on impact or in the air.
- The number of bullets fired from an automatic weapon by one pull of the trigger.
- A volley of bullets fired from an automatic weapon: The machine gunner fired a quick burst.
- An abrupt, intense increase; a rush: a burst of speed; fitful bursts of wind.
- A period of intense activity: "I write in very short bursts10 or 15 minutes" (Zoe Heller).
Middle English bursten
, from Old English berstan