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Definition of Burst


  1. of Burst
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. To break.
  6. To produce as an effect of bursting; as, to burst a hole through the wall.
  7. 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.
  8. Any brief, violent exertion or effort; a spurt; as, a burst of speed.
  9. A sudden opening, as of landscape; a stretch; an expanse.
  10. A rupture or hernia; a breach.

Burst Quotations

In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.
Albert Schweitzer

From a little spark may burst a flame.
Dante Alighieri

What I needed most was to love and to be loved, eager to be caught. Happily I wrapped those painful bonds around me; and sure enough, I would be lashed with the red-hot pokers or jealousy, by suspicions and fear, by burst of anger and quarrels.
Saint Augustine

I always had a sense that I would fall in love with Tokyo. In retrospect I guess it's not that surprising. I was of the generation that had grown up in the '80s when Japan was ascendant (born aloft by a bubble whose burst crippled its economy for decades), and I'd fed on a steady diet of anime and samurai films.
Junot Diaz

They say it's better to bury your sadness in a graveyard or garden that waits for the spring to wake from its sleep and burst into green.
Conor Oberst
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Burst Translations

burst in Danish is briste
burst in Dutch is barsten, splijten, scheuren
burst in Finnish is haljeta
burst in French is crever
burst in German is Explosion, platzen, zum Platzen bringen, Bruch
burst in Italian is scoppiare, crepare
burst in Portuguese is estouro
burst in Spanish is salva, estallar