Definitions

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  • v. To burst or break in pieces.
  • v. To burst apart; break in pieces.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To burst or break in pieces.
  • To burst apart; break in pieces.

Etymologies

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From Middle English tobursten, tobresten, from Old English tōberstan ("to burst asunder, shatter"), from Proto-Germanic *tō-bristanan (“to burst asunder”), equivalent to to- (“apart”) +‎ burst. Cognate with Old Saxon tebrestan, German zerbersten.

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