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.
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Idioms for burst
Origin of burst
OTHER WORDS FROM burstnon·burst·ing, adjective, nounun·burst, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH burstburst , bust
Example sentences from the Web for burst
Long-necked sauropods, the largest animals ever to walk on Earth, may have thundered into dominance during the Jurassic Period thanks to a large burst of volcanic activity that began around 184 million years ago, a new study suggests.How massive long-necked dinosaurs rose to rule the Jurassic herbivores|Carolyn Gramling|November 18, 2020|Science News
Some researchers use intense bursts of electricity, called pulsed power.Giant lasers help re-create supernovas’ explosive, mysterious physics|Emily Conover|November 12, 2020|Science News
Pfizer got a burst of results in recent weeks that pushed that trial over the line to take a first look.Moderna shares soar as markets bet its COVID vaccine trial is on the same track as Pfizer’s|Claire Zillman, reporter|November 12, 2020|Fortune
There may be a burst of heavier rain Wednesday afternoon, and another late Wednesday night, as weak waves of low pressure develop along the front and move through.Heavy rain and isolated flooding forecast for Washington region Wednesday into Thursday|Jeffrey Halverson, Jason Samenow|November 10, 2020|Washington Post
A burst pipe in the ceiling of Atlanta’s State Farm Arena, where Fulton County election officials had set up their vote-counting command center this fall, was perhaps the easiest of the challenges the staff faced in this singular year.‘We will not allow anyone to stop us’: Day and night, under historic scrutiny, the nation’s vote counters carried on|Amy Gardner, Reis Thebault, Hannah Knowles, Michelle Lee|November 9, 2020|Washington Post
Suppose the month is early July, when the corn has nearly reached its full height, and the heads have all bursted ready to ripen.The Birthright|Joseph Hocking
Even the bursted piece falls once more under the control of the despairing Union artillery captain.The Little Lady of Lagunitas|Richard Henry Savage
I finally took one, weighed it in my hand, and looked at him, till he bursted out into a loud laugh.Narrative of a Journey Down the Ohio and Mississippi in 1789-90|Samuel S. Forman
On the fifth day he stretched out his feet and that bursted the pod.A Treasury of Eskimo Tales|Clara Kern Bayliss
And here this Jute Bag Company is bursted up because it had not capital to carry on with.Ireland as It Is|Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)