Definition of "burst" []

  • To come open or fly apart suddenly or violently, especially from internal pressure. (verb-intransitive)
  • To explode. (verb-intransitive)
  • To be or seem to be full to the point of breaking open: The sacks were bursting with grain. (verb-intransitive)
  • To emerge, come forth, or arrive suddenly: burst out of the door. (verb-intransitive)
  • To come apart or seem to come apart because of overwhelming emotion: thought his heart would burst with happiness. (verb-intransitive)
  • To break or cause to break open or apart suddenly and noisily, esp from internal pressure; explode (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To come, go, etc, suddenly and forcibly (verb)
  • To be full to the point of breaking open (verb)
  • To give vent (to) suddenly or loudly (verb)
  • To cause or suffer the rupture of (verb)
  • A sudden breaking open or apart; explosion (noun)
  • A break; breach; rupture (noun)
  • A sudden display or increase of effort or action; spurt (noun)
  • A sudden and violent emission, occurrence, or outbreak (noun)
  • A volley of fire from a weapon or weapons (noun)
  • Broken apart; ruptured (adjective) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "burst" in a sentence
  • "The word burst from her mouth like helium from a balloon."
  • "Wait, Reyes said, feeling the word burst from his mouth before he could stop it."
  • "Reggie's short-area burst is the best I've seen coming out of college."