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 burst burst

noun

  • ( ) the act of exploding or bursting  ( burst, explosion )
    the act of exploding or bursting
     the explosion of the firecrackers awoke the children
    the explosion of the firecrackers awoke the children
     the burst of an atom bomb creates enormous radiation aloft
    the burst of an atom bomb creates enormous radiation aloft
  • ( ) rapid simultaneous discharge of firearms  ( burst, fusillade, salvo, volley )
    rapid simultaneous discharge of firearms
     our fusillade from the left flank caught them by surprise
    our fusillade from the left flank caught them by surprise
  • ( ) a sudden flurry of activity (often for no obvious reason)  ( burst, fit )
    a sudden flurry of activity (often for no obvious reason)
     a burst of applause
    a burst of applause
     a fit of housecleaning
    a fit of housecleaning
  • a sudden intense happening  ( burst, flare-up, outburst )
    a sudden intense happening
     an outburst of heavy rain
    an outburst of heavy rain
     a burst of lightning
    a burst of lightning
  • verb

  • ( ) come open suddenly and violently, as if from internal pressure  ( break open, burst, split )
    come open suddenly and violently, as if from internal pressure
     The bubble burst
    The bubble burst
  • ( ) burst outward, usually with noise  ( burst, explode )
    burst outward, usually with noise
     The champagne bottle exploded
    The champagne bottle exploded
  • ( ) force out or release suddenly and often violently something pent up  ( break, burst, erupt )
    force out or release suddenly and often violently something pent up
     break into tears
    break into tears
     erupt in anger
    erupt in anger
  • ( ) move suddenly, energetically, or violently  ( burst )
    move suddenly, energetically, or violently
     He burst out of the house into the cool night
    He burst out of the house into the cool night
  • ( ) emerge suddenly  ( burst )
    emerge suddenly
     The sun burst into view
    The sun burst into view
  • ( ) be in a state of movement or action  ( abound, bristle, burst )
    be in a state of movement or action
     The room abounded with screaming children
    The room abounded with screaming children
     The garden bristled with toddlers
    The garden bristled with toddlers
  • break open or apart suddenly and forcefully  ( burst, bust )
    break open or apart suddenly and forcefully
     The dam burst
    The dam burst
  • cause to burst  ( burst, collapse )
    cause to burst
     The ice broke the pipe
    The ice broke the pipe


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