from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To put forth new buds, leaves, or greenery; sprout.
- intransitive v. To begin to grow or blossom.
- intransitive v. To grow or develop rapidly.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. bud, sprout, shoot
- v. To grow or expand.
- v. To swell to the point of bursting.
- v. Of plants, to bloom, bud.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To bud. See bourgeon.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A bud; a sprout.
- n. A boss used for the cover of a book, to prevent injury to the binding. Often written burgen.
- To bud; sprout; put forth new buds; shoot forth, as a branch.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. grow and flourish
The reason that the number of universes burgeon is that these parallel worlds evolve not out of human decisions but out of quantum events: out of the tendency for atoms and other particles to exist in two simultaneous states.
There, too, at the University, his poetical gifts commenced to "burgeon" luxuriantly.
I like the idea of when rock 'n' roll started to burgeon, push the envelope and speak on behalf of people who were trying to have a revolution.
"There is ongoing activity presently in Yemen in Somalia, to name the two countries which may yet burgeon into full-fledged conflicts."
The Republicans are content to watch fiscal and economic troubles of their own making burgeon into a conflagration, betting that an unsophisticated electorate will blame the current occupant of the White House come 2012.
When we look back, the past 24 hours will probably prove to be the moment at which this scandal ceased to "burgeon," as the media like to say about scandals, and started to recede.
After taking command in Afghanistan Petraeus doubled the number of airstrikes and dramatically increased night raids, leaving Pakistan to wonder the degree to which the drone program will burgeon during King David's reign as intelligence chief.
Indeed, far from diminishing, the novel's fame continues to burgeon.
In my time in the country I witnessed a women's group burgeon from 20 to 500 people, a community rally to build a women's center, double the size of a community clinic with their own contributions and ethnic divisions heal.
The spirituality of food will burgeon, just as food shortages begin to spark regional wars and conflicts in parts of the two-thirds world.