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

First recorded 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

OTHER WORDS FROM burst

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

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH burst

burst , bust
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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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