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burst

noun (n)

  • the act of exploding or bursting (noun.act)
    Synonym: explosion
    Example:
    The burst of an atom bomb creates enormous radiation aloft.
    source: wordnet30
  • rapid simultaneous discharge of firearms (noun.act)
    Synonym: fusillade, salvo, volley
    source: wordnet30
  • a sudden flurry of activity (often for no obvious reason) (noun.act)
    Synonym: fit
    Example:
    A burst of applause.
    source: wordnet30
  • a sudden intense happening (noun.event)
    Synonym: flare-up, outburst
    Example:
    An outburst of heavy rain.
    A burst of lightning.
    source: wordnet30
  • A sudden breaking forth; a violent rending; an explosion; as, a burst of thunder; a burst of applause; a burst of passion; a burst of inspiration. (noun)
    source: webster1913

verb (v)

  • come open suddenly and violently, as if from internal pressure (verb.change)
    Synonym: break open, split
    Example:
    The bubble burst.
    source: wordnet30
  • force out or release suddenly and often violently something pent up (verb.emotion)
    Synonym: break, erupt
    source: wordnet30
  • burst outward, usually with noise (verb.change)
    Synonym: explode
    Antonym: go off, implode
    source: wordnet30
  • move suddenly, energetically, or violently (verb.motion)
    Example:
    He burst out of the house into the cool night.
    source: wordnet30
  • be in a state of movement or action (verb.stative)
    Synonym: abound, bristle
    source: wordnet30
  • emerge suddenly (verb.change)
    Example:
    The sun burst into view.
    source: wordnet30
  • cause to burst (verb.motion)
    Synonym: collapse
    source: wordnet30
  • break open or apart suddenly and forcefully (verb.change)
    Synonym: bust
    Example:
    The dam burst.
    source: wordnet30
  • 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; as, the boiler had burst; the buds will burst in spring. (verb)
    source: webster1913
  • To break or rend by violence, as by an overcharge or by strain or pressure, esp. from within; to force open suddenly; as, to burst a cannon; to burst a blood vessel; to burst open the doors. (verb)
    source: webster1913

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