Burst - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |bɜːrst|  American pronunciation of the word burst
Brit.  |bɜːst|  British pronunciation of the word burst
irregular verb:  p.t. — burst  p.p. — burst


- the act of exploding or bursting (syn: explosion)
the burst of an atom bomb creates enormous radiation aloft
- rapid simultaneous discharge of firearms (syn: fusillade, salvo, volley)
- a sudden flurry of activity (often for no obvious reason) (syn: fit)
a burst of applause
- a sudden intense happening (syn: flare-up, outburst)
an outburst of heavy rain
a burst of lightning


- come open suddenly and violently, as if from internal pressure (syn: split)
The bubble burst
- force out or release suddenly and often violently something pent up (syn: break, erupt)
- burst outward, usually with noise (syn: explode)
- move suddenly, energetically, or violently
He burst out of the house into the cool night
- be in a state of movement or action (syn: abound, bristle)
- emerge suddenly
The sun burst into view
- cause to burst (syn: collapse)
- break open or apart suddenly and forcefully (syn: bust)
The dam burst

Extra examples

Two of the water pipes burst.

He burst a blood vessel.

The doors suddenly burst open.

The cops burst the door open.

He burst into the room.

The sun burst through the clouds.

She burst through the door and yelled “Surprise!”.

She ran hard in short bursts toward the end of the race.

The driver lost control when a tyre burst.

A dam burst.

The door burst open.

Shells were bursting all around us.

Monsoons caused the river to burst its banks.

I burst the door open and came in.

The enemy are already bursting through our weakened defences.

Phrasal verbs

burst out  — give sudden release to an expression

Word forms

I/you/we/they: burst
he/she/it: bursts
present participle: bursting
past tense: burst
past participle: burst
singular: burst
plural: bursts
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