We pay no attention to the Irish Nationalist members, whom we regard as a bankrupt lot of bursted windbags.
On the fifth day he stretched out his feet and that bursted the pod.
And here this Jute Bag Company is bursted up because it had not capital to carry on with.
An' you sorter spotted their bein' in this yer desk and bursted it?
The Lady made a little gasp as though her Patience was bursted.
I only knew that the gun had bursted from seeing its fragments.
Then she sank down on her seat again and, covering her face with her trembling hands, bursted into a torrent of tears.
I finally took one, weighed it in my hand, and looked at him, till he bursted out into a loud laugh.
The mere sight of it, when it bursted, was sufficient to give them a very respectful notion of the fighting means at my command.
We were in front of our guns, lying flat, while the shot and shells from both sides hissed, whizzed and bursted over us.
Old English berstan (intransitive) "break suddenly, shatter under pressure" (class III strong verb; past tense bærst, past participle borsten), from a West Germanic metathesis of Proto-Germanic *brestanan (cf. Old Saxon brestan, Old Frisian bersta, Middle Dutch berstan, Low German barsten, Dutch barsten, Old High German brestan, German bersten "to burst"), from PIE root *bhreus- "to burst, break, crack" (see bruise (v.)).
The forms reverted to brest- in Middle English from influence of Old Norse brestan/brast/brosten, from the same Germanic root, but it was re-metathesized late 16c. and emerged in the modern form, though brast was common as past tense through 17c. and survives in dialect.
Of extended or distended surfaces from 1530s. Figuratively, in reference to being over-full of excitement, anticipation, etc., from 1630s. Transitive sense ("to cause to break") is from late 13c. Meaning "to issue suddenly and abundantly" is from c.1300 (literal), mid-13c. (figurative). Meaning "break into sudden activity or expression" is from 1680s. Related: Bursting.
1610s, "act of bursting," from burst (v.). Meaning "a spurt" (of activity, etc.) is from 1862. The earlier noun berst (early Middle English) meant "damage, injury, harm."