verb (used without object), burst or, often, burst·ed, burst·ing.
verb (used with object), burst or, often, burst·ed, burst·ing.
- the explosion of a projectile, especially in a specified place: an air burst.
- a rapid sequence of shots fired by one pull on the trigger of an automatic weapon: A burst from the machine gun shattered all the windows.
- burst at the seams,
- burst into,
- burst out,
- burst with,
Origin of burst
Examples from the Web for burst
The gunman then burst from the restaurant and fled down the street with the other man.
Within a few swipes, I was already feeling that burst of romantic optimism you need the first day of the (Christian) new year.
A burst of machine-gun fire blew off the wall of a nearby building—the commandos were approaching.‘Argo’ in the Congo: The Ghosts of the Stanleyville Hostage Crisis|Nina Strochlic|November 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And, as a result, an interesting and important text has burst out of the archives and into public consciousness.
And bonus points for the school bus that burst into flames with the comic timing of a Simpsons gag.The Walking Dead’s ‘Self Help’: A Grim Show Displays Its Comedy Streak, and A Major Reveal|Melissa Leon|November 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But at this moment noise and smoke seemed to burst out on every side; the officer shouted to him to sound Retire!Children's Literature|Charles Madison Curry
He burst into a paroxysm of self-applausive mirth over his joke, in which a couple of satellites near at hand joined.Little Miss Grouch|Samuel Hopkins Adams
Had I known all that must befall me, before my eyes beheld that scene again, I think indeed that it would have burst.Montezuma's Daughter|H. Rider Haggard
To my surprise the question provoked a burst of anger from the salesman.Adventures of Sherlock Holmes|A. Conan Doyle
He burst in upon her to declare his love, as if it were a question of firing the first shot on a field of battle.The Duchesse de Langeais|Honore de Balzac
verb bursts, bursting or burst
Word Origin for burst
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."