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  1. a person or thing that bursts.
  2. Astronomy. x-ray burster.
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Origin of burster

First recorded in 1850–55; burst + -er1
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for burster

Historical Examples of burster

  • The "Screecher" was a little ahead; gradually the "Burster" closes.

    Lands of the Slave and the Free

    Henry A. Murray

  • Over 1,000 of these weapons fired a bomb or shell carrying a burster exceeding 90 lbs.

    The Crisis of the Naval War

    John Rushworth Jellicoe

  • The burster died away along in the evening, and, though the streets were wet in many places, our friends went out for a stroll.

    The Land of the Kangaroo

    Thomas Wallace Knox

  • The "Burster" was a St. Louis boat, having on board a lot of wild back-woodsmen, &c.

  • Soon a cry of exultation is heard on board the "Burster," as she shoots up close to her rival.