burst

[ burst ]
/ bɜrst /

verb (used without object), burst or, often, burst·ed, burst·ing.

verb (used with object), burst or, often, burst·ed, burst·ing.

noun

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Idioms for burst

    burst at the seams, to be filled to or beyond normal capacity: This room will be bursting at the seams when all the guests arrive.

Origin of burst

before 1000; Middle English bersten, bursten, Old English berstan (past. plural burston), cognate with Old High German brestan (German bersten), Old Norse bresta; akin to break

usage note for burst

See bust2.

OTHER WORDS FROM burst

non·burst·ing, adjective, nounun·burst, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH burst

bust burst (see usage note at bust2)
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British Dictionary definitions for burst

burst
/ (bɜːst) /

verb bursts, bursting or burst

noun

adjective

broken apart; ruptureda burst pipe

Derived forms of burst

burster, noun

Word Origin for burst

Old English berstan; related to Old Norse bresta, Old Frisian bersta, Old High German brestan; compare break
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