American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To come open or fly apart suddenly or violently, especially from internal pressure.
- v. To explode.
- v. To be or seem to be full to the point of breaking open: The sacks were bursting with grain.
- v. To emerge, come forth, or arrive suddenly: burst out of the door.
- v. To come apart or seem to come apart because of overwhelming emotion: thought his heart would burst with happiness.
- v. To give sudden utterance or expression: burst out laughing; burst into tears.
- v. To cause to burst: burst the balloon. See Synonyms at break.
- v. To exert strong pressure in order to force (something) open.
- v. To separate (a continuous form or printout) into individual sheets.
- n. A sudden outbreak or outburst; an explosion.
- n. The result of bursting, especially the explosion of a projectile or bomb on impact or in the air.
- n. The number of bullets fired from an automatic weapon by one pull of the trigger.
- n. A volley of bullets fired from an automatic weapon: The machine gunner fired a quick burst.
- n. An abrupt, intense increase; a rush: a burst of speed; fitful bursts of wind.
- n. A period of intense activity: "I write in very short bursts—10 or 15 minutes” ( Zoe Heller).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To fly or break open as an effect of internal forces and with sudden violence; suffer a violent disruption; explode.
- Hence—2. Figuratively, to break or give way from violent pain or emotion: as, my head will burst; her heart burst with grief.
- To come or go suddenly; rush: as, the enemy in an instant burst upon us.
- To rend by force or violence (that which confines or retains); open suddenly and violently; cause to explode: as, to burst one's bonds; to burst a cannon.
- To break, in general.
- Synonyms (intransitive verb and t.) To split, separate, rend, tear.
- n. A sudden disruption; a violent rending.
- n. A sudden explosion or shooting forth; a rush; an out-burst: as, a burst of applause; a burst of passion; “burst of thunder,”
- n. A rupture; a hernia.
- n. 4. A smart race; a spurt.
- n. A sudden opening to sight or view.
- n. A spree.
- In pin-pool billiards, to go beyond a score of 31; in ball-pool, to smash at the pyramid.
- n. An instance of, or the act of bursting.
- v. intransitive To break from internal pressure.
- v. transitive To cause to break from internal pressure.
- v. transitive To separate formfeed at perforation lines
- v. intransitive To enter or exit hurriedly and unexpectedly..
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To fly apart or in pieces; of break open; to yield to force or pressure, especially to a sudden and violent exertion of force, or to pressure from within; to explode.
- v. To exert force or pressure by which something is made suddenly to give way; to break through obstacles or limitations; hence, to appear suddenly and unexpectedly or unaccountably, or to depart in such manner; -- usually with some qualifying adverb or preposition, as
forth, out, away, into, upon, through, etc.
- v. To break or rend by violence, as by an overcharge or by strain or pressure, esp. from within; to force open suddenly.
- v. obsolete To break.
- v. To produce as an effect of bursting.
- n. A sudden breaking forth; a violent rending; an explosion.
- n. Any brief, violent exertion or effort; a spurt.
- n. rare A sudden opening, as of landscape; a stretch; an expanse.
- n. A rupture or hernia; a breach.
- v. be in a state of movement or action
- v. burst outward, usually with noise
- v. force out or release suddenly and often violently something pent up
- n. the act of exploding or bursting
- v. come open suddenly and violently, as if from internal pressure
- v. emerge suddenly
- v. cause to burst
- v. break open or apart suddenly and forcefully
- n. a sudden flurry of activity (often for no obvious reason)
- v. move suddenly, energetically, or violently
- n. a sudden intense happening
- n. rapid simultaneous discharge of firearms
- Middle English bersten, from Old English berstan, from Proto-Germanic *brestanan (compare West Frisian boarste, Dutch barsten, Swedish brista), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰre-s-t- (compare Irish bris ‘to break’), enlargement of *bʰreHi- ‘to snip, split’. More at brine. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English bursten, from Old English berstan. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The word burst from her mouth like helium from a balloon.”
“Wait, Reyes said, feeling the word burst from his mouth before he could stop it.”
“Reggie's short-area burst is the best I've seen coming out of college.”
“The word burst out of Sylvie’s mouth, a little more vehemently than she’d intended.”
“And when his curse word burst over the windshield, we knew what she’d said hadn’t been very nice.”
“His name burst out of my mouth, a lot louder than I’d intended.”
“Just as he was about to shoot there came a roar from across the channel bed and a huge Grizzly burst from the willows and grabbed this black bear shaking him like a terrier with a rat.”
“I shoot almost exclusively in burst mode, and get some awesome shots by starting just before I think something cool is going to happen, and keep shooting till after it's done.”
“May 21, 2009 at 5: 08 AM this is why I tend to take pictures in burst mode ... ok I'll get load blurred, but out those I always get 1 or 2 good ones - like this as an example”
“After the camera tells me to "change the battery pack", i take the dying battery out, stick it back in, turn the camera back on and i can get two or three more shots in burst mode. i repeat this process 2 or 3 more times until it completely runs out of juice. i'll have to try the armpit trick next time.”
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