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
Minnie balls filled the stump I was behind, and the shells bursted within three feet of me.A History of the Ninth Regiment, Illinois Volunteer Infantry|Marion Morrison
I could have made more if some of the papers hadnt bursted and spilt the candy in the road.Three Little Women|Gabrielle E. Jackson
Of the artillery but two six-pounders were preserved; the cohorns were broken or buried, and the shells bursted.
The Doctor pulled trigger with a sense of just indignation, and drew in his gun, the barrel bent at a right angle and bursted.Miss Ravenel's conversion from secession to loyalty|J. W. de Forest
Others were bursted at the muzzle, showing that the tompion had not been removed before firing.Ten years in the ranks, U.S. army|Augustus Meyers