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  1. burst
    IPA[bərst]
  2. verb

    • 1. (of a container) break suddenly and violently apart, spilling the contents, typically as a result of an impact or internal pressure:

      we inflated dozens of balloons and only one burst
      Synonym : split open, burst open, break open, tear open, rupture, crack, fracture, fragment, shatter, shiver, fly open, tear asunder, rend asunder, explode, blow up, detonate, go off, be set off, land, go bang
    • 2. cause to burst:

      he burst the balloon the swollen river was expected to burst its banks
      Synonym : split open, burst open, break open, tear open, rupture, crack, fracture, fragment, shatter, shiver, fly open, tear asunder, rend asunder
    • 3. be so full as almost to break open:

      the drawers were bursting with clothes
    • 4. feel a very strong or irrepressible emotion or impulse:

      he was bursting with joy and excitement she was bursting to say something
    • 5. suddenly begin doing something as an expression of a strong feeling:

      if anyone said anything to upset me, I'd burst out crying she burst into a fresh flood of tears
      Synonym : break out in, launch into, erupt in, have a fit of, suddenly start
    • 6. issue suddenly and uncontrollably, as though from a splitting container:

      the words burst from him in an angry rush an aircraft crashed and burst into flames
    • 7. be opened suddenly and forcibly:

      a door burst open and a girl raced out
    • 8. make one's way suddenly and typically violently:

      he burst into the room without knocking
    • 9. separate (continuous stationery) into single sheets.

    noun

  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: burst, plural noun: bursts

    • v.: verb: burst, 3rd person present: bursts, gerund or present participle: bursting, past tense: burst, past participle: burst

    • verb

      break open or apart suddenly and violently, especially as a result of an impact or internal pressure:

      cause to burst:

    • noun

      an instance of breaking or splitting as a result of internal pressure or puncturing; an explosion:

      a sudden brief outbreak:

    • suddenly begin to burn fiercely
    • suddenly begin to burn fiercely
    • shatter someone's illusions about something or destroy someone's sense of well-being
    • shatter someone's illusions about something or destroy their sense of well-being
    • suddenly begin to burn fiercely
    • suddenly begin to burn fiercely
    • (of a place or building) full to overflowing
    • (of a place or building) full to overflowing
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