burst

[ burst ]
/ bɜrst /
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verb (used without object), burst or, often, burst·ed, burst·ing.

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

noun


Nearby words

  1. bursiform,
  2. bursitis,
  3. bursolith,
  4. bursopathy,
  5. bursotomy,
  6. burst at the seams,
  7. burst into,
  8. burst out,
  9. burst with,
  10. burster

Idioms

    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

SYNONYMS FOR burst
1. crack, explode. 6. rend, tear. 10. spurt. 11, 12. outbreak.

Related formsnon·burst·ing, adjective, nounun·burst, adjective

Can be confusedbust burst (see usage note at bust2)

Usage note

See bust2.

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British Dictionary definitions for burst at the seams

burst

/ (bɜːst) /

verb bursts, bursting or burst

noun

adjective

broken apart; ruptureda burst pipe
Derived Formsburster, 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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Word Origin and History for burst at the seams
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Idioms and Phrases with burst at the seams

burst at the seams

Be filled to or beyond normal capacity. For example, On her wedding day the church was bursting at the seams, or That was a wonderful meal, but I'm bursting at the seams. This expression alludes to rupturing the seams of a garment too tight for the wearer and is generally used hyperbolically. Also see come apart at the seams.

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