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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)

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.

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."