Definition of burst in US English:

burst

verb

[no object]
  • 1(of a container) break suddenly and violently apart, spilling the contents, typically as a result of an impact or internal pressure.

    ‘we inflated dozens of balloons and only one burst’
    • ‘The tension is great and palpable, a pressure cooker close to bursting.’
    • ‘The pain and agony she kept within her ruptured forth, much like an overflowing dam that finally burst under excruciating pressure.’
    • ‘Suddenly they burst apart, and a frighteningly large steel staff fell to the ground.’
    • ‘The anticipation is building inside me like a helium balloon, ready to burst from all the pressure high up in the atmosphere.’
    • ‘He realised that without a space suit, his head would burst under the pressure if he stayed out there too long.’
    • ‘The heat from these pieces caused a rapid boiling of the cooling water, and a number of pressure tubes burst under the strain.’
    • ‘Whenever you hear someone telling you not to bottle your feelings up, or warning you that you will burst under pressure, they are implicitly endorsing this view.’
    • ‘As the plane landed at Lyon-Bron airport, one of the tyres burst on impact with the runway, causing the plane to leap back into the air before completing a haphazard landing.’
    • ‘The resulting impact caused windows to burst in a two block radius.’
    • ‘Most of the times I just keep it bottled up inside of me till I feel like bursting from the pressure.’
    • ‘It swells considerably and has to be pricked with a needle to release the internal pressure and avoid bursting.’
    • ‘I've got a feeling the dam has burst, and that, as usual, the media has missed the story.’
    • ‘I'll not describe that one, either, except to say it was like a dam bursting.’
    • ‘If the dam does burst, the world will probably be the poorer for it.’
    • ‘As JB watched, the corpse seemed to swell, the skin cracking as if waiting to burst from some internal pressure.’
    • ‘Hoses that burst apart under pressure, or leaked copiously, were another problem faced by fire fighters.’
    • ‘Instead, we should block off a conduit so completely that it bursts from the pressure.’
    • ‘Bluntly, is the dam bursting and does a really damaging and all-encompassing recession beckon?’
    • ‘Kirkby Stephen town centre was also flooded along with other parts of the region as culverts and streams burst under pressure.’
    • ‘The accident investigation however showed that marks on the road indicated the tyres had burst before impact with the roundabout, not after.’
    split open, burst open, break open, tear open, rupture, crack, fracture, fragment, shatter, shiver, fly open
    explode, blow up, detonate, go off, be set off, land
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    1. 1.1with object Cause to burst.
      ‘he burst the balloon’
      ‘the swollen river was expected to burst its banks’
      • ‘Dublin experienced the most extensive flood damage in decades yesterday after the Liffey and Dodder burst their banks, damaging hundreds of homes.’
      • ‘Millions of pounds of damage was caused to homes and businesses while residents were forced to flee when the River Aire and River Wharfe burst their banks after days of heavy rain.’
      • ‘All the rolling stock, full to the brim with stone has burst every single wooden sleeper.’
      • ‘In Marlborough, elderly residents of 30 retirement homes at Town Mill were preparing for evacuation when the River Kennett burst its banks.’
      • ‘Frost expands the water in clay soils, which bursts the heavy clods apart.’
      • ‘Flooding was extensive, especially in the Stockbridge area, with the River Worth bursting its banks and overflowing near its confluence with the Aire.’
      • ‘Flooding also hit hundreds of houses in southern parts of Lampung province in the past two days following heavy rains that caused rivers to burst their banks.’
      • ‘The Bridgehouse Beck, which runs through the village, burst its banks at about 9am on Tuesday after about a month's worth of rain fell in 24 hours.’
      • ‘The stormy, rainy conditions that night had raised the level of the water to the highest point so far this year with the river bursting its banks in several places around the town.’
      • ‘The River Wharfe was close to bursting its banks at several points.’
      • ‘That will leave them facing a massive and ruinous personal bill if the River Derwent once again bursts its banks.’
      • ‘That little yelp was the crack that burst the dam Amy had built.’
      • ‘In Lancashire, the River Ribble burst its banks at Ribchester.’
      • ‘This is in sharp contrast to the rainy season, when the raging water yearly bursts its banks and floods thousands of houses near the river.’
      • ‘People living in the 30 retirement homes at Town Mill in Marlborough were prepared for evacuation when the River Kennet burst its banks last Thursday.’
      • ‘Then the River Wharfe at the top of the lane bursts its banks, bringing flood water, mud and misery to the close - knit community.’
      • ‘Worst hit was Helmsley where the River Rye burst its banks.’
      • ‘The authority might be able to take some measures to cut the risk of properties being inundated when the beck bursts its banks, a leading councillor has revealed.’
      • ‘The water is trickling down and filling up huge, high-altitude lakes, which are now threatening to burst their banks and flood the populated valleys below.’
      • ‘As we got to the cottage we realised the river was incredibly fast although it had not burst its banks at that stage.’
      split open, burst open, break open, tear open, rupture, crack, fracture, fragment, shatter, shiver, fly open
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    2. 1.2 Be so full as almost to break open.
      ‘the drawers were bursting with clothes’
      • ‘Fresh snowfall had slowed Denver to a cool calm, and the mountain resorts were bursting with record-breaking crowds.’
      • ‘His apartment was really a human processing centre, stuffed to bursting with books and computers.’
      • ‘Pasta dishes were rich and bursting with flavour.’
      • ‘Cultural life in the township is remarkably rich, bursting with accomplished singers and entertainers.’
      • ‘Hair is full, luxuriant and bursting with healthy vitality.’
      • ‘The old city is everything you'd expect: cacophonous, crowded, bursting with colour and bustle.’
      • ‘This time, the section was full to bursting with interesting stuff.’
      • ‘I also started saving all the jars I came across, stacking them at the back of already bursting kitchen cabinets, and generally just driving Maxence crazy.’
      • ‘His thoughts were strong, bursting with emotion, but they could not yet break the enchantment.’
      • ‘The subject, seemingly minor, is bursting with riches - too many to exhaust in a single article.’
      • ‘Sustainability isn't about tying up boats forever, it's about managing our fish stocks so that maybe one day we will be able to throw out our nets and they will be bursting full.’
      • ‘The crowd, bursting with 3,500 Ireland supporters, crammed around a tiny field with a mountain towering behind one goal.’
      • ‘This is the time when our vegetable garden is simply bursting with abundance.’
      • ‘It is bursting with full, ripe blackcurrant, thick plum and burned coffee touches too, all wrapped up in a sturdy blanket of prominent tannins.’
      • ‘The fact that the rice is bursting with flavor, tomato-rich and full, is what pushes them over the edge, I think.’
      • ‘I think it's time we sorted out the kitchen cupboards, they're all full to bursting with even more stuff piled on top.’
      • ‘Thick hawthorn hedgerows bursting with new growth run down the edge of John Dunning's pea crop on his farm perched on the Yorkshire Wolds.’
      • ‘As his mouth was stuffed full to bursting with food, he was barely coherent.’
      • ‘The centre is now full to bursting with 90 dogs and 30 puppies, while a further 40 dogs are on the waiting list.’
      • ‘The listings magazines are full to bursting with choices of places to see and things to do.’
      brimming, full, filled, filled up, filled to the brim, full to the brim, filled to capacity, overfull, running over
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    3. 1.3 Feel a very strong or irrepressible emotion or impulse.
      ‘he was bursting with joy and excitement’
      with infinitive ‘she was bursting to say something’
      • ‘was bursting with enthusiasm when I arrived in London.’
      • ‘Splendidly pretty and bursting with emotion, this song is the work of a grown-up songwriter who still isn't afraid to cry.’
      • ‘The Nets, bursting with energy after a five-day break, threatened to run the Pistons out of the building in the opening minutes.’
      • ‘And Linda Marlowe brings an incredible range of emotion, pathos and wit to a character bursting with energy and passion that is unrequited by her husband.’
      • ‘He was bursting with emotions, from anger at himself to sorrow over the loss of his best friend.’
      • ‘His features were deadpan but his voice was bursting with emotion.’
      • ‘I'm bursting with much emotion here, so please bear with me if it sounds like I'm rambling like a mad man!’
      well supplied with, replete with, overflowing with, bursting with, brimful with, brimming with, loaded with, overloaded with, abounding in, well provided with, well stocked with, rich in, abundant in, rife with
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    4. 1.4 Suddenly begin doing something as an expression of a strong feeling.
      ‘if anyone said anything to upset me, I'd burst out crying’
      ‘she burst into a fresh flood of tears’
      • ‘Then she forced Autumn aside and rushed into the lunchroom, about to burst with anger and emotion.’
      • ‘Sure, it's ridiculous to think of people spontaneously bursting into song at emotional moments.’
      • ‘Suddenly he burst out laughing, making total strangers jump in shock.’
      • ‘The love she felt for him grew by the minute and she felt like she would burst with emotion.’
      • ‘At one point I thought the gathered crowds were going to burst into a medley of wartime favourites.’
      • ‘I succumbed to an irrepressible urge to burst into song.’
      • ‘Her friend nodded wordlessly, and the two of them burst into tears and began hugging each other.’
      • ‘Edric knew what he meant and burst out with his rich laughter.’
      • ‘She was so emotionally overwhelmed that she burst into a relieving flood of tears.’
      • ‘He didn't want to open his mouth and suddenly burst into tears.’
      • ‘The crowd that had gathered burst into applause, and Sarah grinned.’
      • ‘As the boys finish their set, the large crowd bursts into applause.’
      • ‘I whoop with excitement every time the crowd bursts into rapturous applause milliseconds after the impersonator polishes off the opening line of their song; and they do it every time.’
      • ‘He smiled back, and suddenly we burst out laughing.’
      • ‘All of Kaeli's strong resolve disintegrated and she burst out sobbing.’
      • ‘Jane suddenly burst into tears thinking about leaving this place for three years and all of her friends.’
      • ‘Suddenly she burst into tears, sobbing into her teddy bear.’
      • ‘My sister was standing at the sink attacking our mountain of dirty dishes when she suddenly burst out laughing.’
      • ‘I still feel resentment and can burst out crying.’
      • ‘Jacqui looked at me, her eyes shining with not relief or left over fear or any other emotion instead she burst into a spate of giggles.’
      break out in, launch into, erupt in, have a fit of
      exclaim, blurt out, ejaculate, cry out, call out, shout, yell
      suddenly start
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    5. 1.5 Issue suddenly and uncontrollably, as though from a splitting container.
      ‘the words burst from him in an angry rush’
      ‘an aircraft crashed and burst into flames’
      • ‘Raised in America in 1944, it has large, deep canary-yellow flowers, and when it bursts into full bloom you know that spring is finally here.’
      • ‘Seeing the overwhelming emotion just waiting to burst out, Laurel set a hand on her niece's shoulder and hoisted her into a seat once again.’
      • ‘The girls had been having their daily hour of sewing when suddenly flames had burst from the back of the room.’
      • ‘I just sighed heavily and bit my lower lip nervously trying not to burst out my emotions in front of him.’
      • ‘Tears burst from his own eyes and he ended up gripping his little son more for his benefit than the boy's.’
      • ‘She felt as if it was going to burst from her chest.’
      • ‘All my emotions were bursting forth as if the dam that had been holding them back had been destroyed.’
      • ‘Just then, a searing note burst from the stage - the band was ready.’
      • ‘The touch of my lips opened the gates of my emotions and the tears burst forth.’
      • ‘Justin leaped back with all his strength as the luggage pack promptly burst into a plume of flame.’
      • ‘And now all the emotions just burst forth like a great wave of water that had been dammed up for so long and were suddenly released.’
      • ‘I stood on the front step of the cottage, tears threatening to burst from my eyes as Sol and I said goodbye.’
      • ‘At the mention of his name, Ali felt all the emotion in her well up and burst out, and she collapsed onto the steering wheel once more, this time with tears running from her face.’
      • ‘The sound wound up in me, until it burst from my mouth.’
      • ‘Light suddenly burst from the lamps in the corners of the room, illuminating the forms of her three best friends.’
      • ‘Jeffery's limbs became longer, and stronger, and he soon burst out of his restraints.’
      • ‘He saw Ken's soft, caring eyes squeeze shut and watched as nervous tears uncontrollably burst from them.’
      • ‘His boot plucked one of the fiddle strings and a sound burst from the fiddle.’
      • ‘The last line was the money line, causing the crowd to burst into applause.’
      • ‘The words burst from her mouth before she could think.’
    6. 1.6 Be opened suddenly and forcibly.
      ‘a door burst open and a girl raced out’
      • ‘Just minutes later, before I could even make a phone call, the front door burst open and Troy ran into the house, with Thomas close behind.’
      • ‘Just then the courtroom doors burst open and in walked Asha.’
      • ‘Nervously, we waited with our rifles still fixed on the steel door until it finally burst open with a bang.’
      • ‘The doors burst open and a tide of hysterical people unloaded into the already-chaotic ground floor.’
      • ‘Suddenly the door bursts open, a gust of wind blows snow into the room, and a man with a bushy beard and camel-skin tunic strides in.’
      • ‘I walked up the driveway and was about to open the door when it burst open.’
      • ‘She was just going to ring Jamie's mobile when the front door burst open and two boys walked in, chatting loudly about some movie.’
      • ‘Suddenly the front door burst open and Zax came running in.’
      • ‘The parlor doors burst open, and Ashton strode inside, looking livid with anger.’
      • ‘Suddenly the doors burst open and Marguerite jumped with fear.’
      • ‘It was all so quick, I was barely prepared for the door to burst open.’
      • ‘The back door burst open and Debbie's father walked in, clothes torn badly but with an air of dignity.’
      • ‘Just about the time that I pulled my key out of the ignition, the house's front door burst open.’
      • ‘Suddenly, the doors burst open and Kirra stood there with a smile on her face.’
      • ‘Cody muttered, just as the doors to the labs burst open again.’
      • ‘The gymnasium doors burst open and two security guards ran in looking frantically around.’
      • ‘Soon enough, there was a loud banging on the door, then it burst open.’
      • ‘The front door burst open and she ran out to him, her arms open wide.’
      • ‘Just then the back door burst open and the head waiter walked outside.’
      • ‘She wasn't more than halfway to the doors when they burst open.’
    7. 1.7with adverbial of direction Make one's way suddenly and typically violently.
      ‘he burst into the room without knocking’
      • ‘The puppy suddenly burst from the cage, running around the store, barking happily.’
      • ‘Two runners burst from the woods a few minutes later.’
      • ‘As he burst forward, I moved to close him down but I only succeeded in getting a toe to the ball.’
      • ‘Tim, unknowing of what to do, burst through the crowd and took off; to where, and why, he did not know, but he had to get away, far away.’
      • ‘Suddenly, she burst into the room, skidding into the first empty desk she saw.’
      • ‘Screaming, I burst from the sand and clutched onto the bird's neck.’
      • ‘He nearly collapsed in relief as his little sister burst from her hiding place and dashed away into the forest.’
      • ‘Soon after they burst free of the crowd, their feet hit smooth cobblestone.’
      • ‘Reaching the open door, he burst in and went straight for the stairs.’
      • ‘Beverly suddenly burst into the room, looking livid, as always.’
      • ‘The door opened and Claude burst in, wreathed in smiles.’
      • ‘He didn't move when Tina burst into the room, her usual bubbly self.’
      • ‘A silver-haired man, older than most in the crowd, burst out of the line to confront him.’
      • ‘They soon added a try when one of their strong running centres burst through some ineffectual tackling to score under the posts.’
      • ‘Four police officers burst out and crowded around the doorway.’
      • ‘They broke apart when someone burst through the front door.’
      • ‘Then all of a sudden the kids burst in from upstairs.’
      • ‘Adam Lee burst into the crowd and pulled the bleeding Rebel from the battered Yankee.’
      • ‘Alpha particles from natural radioactive sources do not have enough energy to burst through the strong electrostatic barrier around big nuclei.’
      • ‘The gunmen burst through the open door one after the other.’
      plunge, charge, barge, shove, plough, lurch, hurtle, career, rush, dash, tear
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    8. 1.8with object Separate (continuous stationery) into single sheets.
      • ‘It is desirable that bursting apparatus be capable of properly bursting all business forms used.’
      • ‘A folding forms tray is provided to hold forms to be burst.’
      • ‘This burster will burst and trim over 1,000 11-in. (279mm) deep forms in less than 10 minutes, and is ideally suited to processing short runs.’

noun

  • 1An instance of breaking or splitting as a result of internal pressure or puncturing; an explosion.

    • ‘As a result, astronomers spotted infrared light from the explosion while the gamma-ray burst was ongoing.’
    • ‘One moment there was a visored head atop the shoulders; next, with a loud explosion and a burst of fire, there was no head.’
    • ‘Suddenly, Trent felt a burst of pain split his left shoulder.’
    • ‘Gamma ray bursts are the biggest explosions in the Universe, and studying them is a great amount of fun.’
    • ‘The console transforms that pressure into controlled bursts of nitrogen.’
    • ‘It would require an intense burst of Electromagnetic radiation.’
    • ‘The boosters near her wings flared up, erupting in a burst of pressure that sent her streaming forward.’
    • ‘Both supernovae and the rare but brilliant gamma-ray bursts are cosmic explosions marking the deaths of massive stars.’
    • ‘A burst of force broke the ground next to them, and a huge, snake-like creature sprouted above ground.’
    • ‘The blast was followed by smaller grenade explosions and bursts of automatic fire that lasted for several minutes.’
    • ‘The burst or explosion that follows is generated in the hips.’
    • ‘The team spotted the 28 bursts during a series of XMM-Newton observations of the neutron star totaling 93 hours.’
    • ‘The explosion responds with bursts of smoke and hostile body language an I run out the door.’
    • ‘She jumps when the small explosive bursts, splitting the wood in half as intended, and Ted smiles, laughs, and then walks her through the process again.’
    • ‘With fair frequency, the Sun's surface erupts with solar flares, which send intense bursts of electromagnetic radiation into space.’
    • ‘It was constructed in 1970 and served the population adequately up until the past number of years when bursts and a shortage of water during dry periods caused problems.’
    • ‘The gamma energy burst struck Viegel in the back of his left knee.’
    • ‘The soldiers simply let their weapons fly-several of the bursts and streaks of ammunition hit him when he was in the air, knocking him back.’
    • ‘Prompt identification of an afterglow is crucial for piecing together the explosion that caused the burst.’
    • ‘No more laughter, and in a sudden burst of speed, he picks up a rock and hurls it at a tree.’
    rupture, breach, split, blowout
    explosion, detonation, blast, discharge, eruption, bang
    volley, salvo, fusillade, barrage, discharge, shower, spray, hail, rain
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    1. 1.1 A sudden issuing forth.
      ‘her breath was coming in short bursts’
      • ‘I won't even delve into the profanities this elicited in explosive bursts as I read his latest missive taking me to task for this or that.’
      • ‘Sudden bursts of light tend to remind our more fragile ballerinas of Bolshevik gunfire.’
      • ‘I remembered feeling a surge of fear rise in me, a sudden burst of shock.’
      • ‘Participants were told that they would hear a few brief, loud sound bursts.’
      • ‘Sayba, Karlii and Gash shielded their eyes from the intense burst of light.’
      • ‘For a start, Tyson in his distant prime attacked in explosive bursts of four, five or six punches, sequences demanding timing and vigour long beyond his capacity.’
      • ‘IT has been designed to depict the explosive burst of speed at the firing of a sprinter's starting pistol.’
      • ‘The grunts of effort, hateful little bursts of sound, are painfully frequent.’
      • ‘Like automatic pistons her feet hit the ground out of her control just as she heard another roar and felt a sudden burst of heat at her back.’
      • ‘Williams was rewarded for his efforts with an intense burst of pain along his right side from the hip upwards.’
      • ‘Many children at the temple show classic signs of post-traumatic stress disorder, with withdrawal and sudden bursts of anger being the most common.’
      • ‘The child lay face down, trembling and whimpering in small continuous bursts.’
      • ‘With a burst of intense white light, the entire hallway was illuminated for a split second.’
      • ‘He was suddenly blinded by an intense burst of light from the doorway.’
      • ‘Sunbeds supply an intense burst of UV light - not dissimilar to the full-spectrum light boxes prescribed for winter depression.’
      • ‘Barnes panted for a moment as adrenaline surged through him from the sudden burst of pain.’
      • ‘He dodged it seemingly without effort; the burst of light seemed to not affect his ability to see.’
      • ‘Suddenly, a burst of sobs broke to the surface, and I dropped to the floor.’
      • ‘Ida laughed through her nose, a brief burst of air.’
      • ‘Speaking in rapid, intense bursts, Smith expanded on his sometimes convoluted story.’
    2. 1.2 A sudden outbreak, typically short and often violent or noisy.
      ‘a sudden burst of activity’
      ‘he heard a burst of gunfire’
      • ‘Hopefully I'll have a sudden burst of inspiration and rattle the last of it off in no time at all.’
      • ‘I have a burst of instant nostalgia whenever I stroll through its rather beguiling streets.’
      • ‘In most sports, the difference between success and failure can often come down to an explosive burst of power.’
      • ‘It also happens to be an incredibly catchy number, with an unforgettable bass guitar line, punctuated by bursts of joyous brass.’
      • ‘A sudden burst of laughter spurted out of Leanne's mouth and the group joined along.’
      • ‘Silence reigned over the radio, occasionally broken by a small burst of static.’
      • ‘His speech was almost unintelligible and punctuated with startling bursts of volume.’
      • ‘But, there seems to be a sudden burst of activity as all the ducks crowd around and wait for food.’
      • ‘Cinaed gave a brief burst of laughter, releasing the tension.’
      • ‘Their boots squeaked in response to sudden bursts of activity.’
      • ‘He uses sonic cues and sudden bursts of noise (laughter, yelling, the blast of a gun) to suggest and confirm the nature of the story.’
      • ‘A sudden burst of laughter was heard as David almost fell down.’
      • ‘I had the shock of a life time; he is seriously scaring me with his sudden bursts of laughter.’
      • ‘It is slow and deliberate, punctuated with momentary bursts of creativity or rage.’
      • ‘And Robbins said that he had experienced a sudden burst of artistic activity.’
      • ‘While we were talking, there were sudden bursts of gunfire.’
      • ‘They said they heard bursts of gunfire for at least 12 hours after the clash.’
      • ‘I hiccuped in order to disguise a sudden burst of laughter.’
      • ‘Having attended last year's event, I can attest to its practically tactile, loving atmosphere punctuated with childlike bursts of humour.’
      • ‘The sun was going behind the hills and there was a sudden burst of activity in the canopy - more bird sounds and monkey sightings.’
      outbreak, outburst, eruption, flare-up, explosion, blow-up, blast, blaze, attack, fit, spasm, paroxysm, access, rush, gale, flood, storm, hurricane, torrent, outpouring, surge, upsurge, spurt, effusion, outflow, outflowing, welling up
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    3. 1.3 A short, sudden, and intense effort.
      ‘he sailed 474 miles in one 24-hour burst’
      • ‘One consequence of the end of the Cold War and the demise of the Soviet Union was a burst of joint efforts aimed at resolving armed conflicts.’
      • ‘But the 17-year-old kept his head up and started to cause problems with his explosive bursts of pace.’
      • ‘This week, Hernandez got a brief burst of media attention.’
      • ‘More annoying for their fans was their failure to compete except in brief bursts.’
      • ‘In both films, there is the savage horror of brief, brutal bursts of carnage; the quivering fear of death; the grim reality of war.’
      • ‘Its own journalists after all had more experience in this genre than any of us in India, except for the brief burst of reporting from Kargil.’
      • ‘Morton started the second half with a sustained burst of pressure which culminated in a second goal.’
      • ‘Wigan fans will always remember the trademark little shuffle and an explosive burst for a long-range try.’
      • ‘A well-taught boxing circuit class, which involves intense bursts of skipping, abdominal exercises, sparring and bag work, is a fast way to shed excess pounds.’
      • ‘They, and the man taking their pictures, are snatching moments between bursts of intense, backbreaking work.’
      • ‘This was the game when he was destined to score his first goal of the World Cup finals and prove that there was an end product to the explosive bursts he had produced against Argentina.’
      • ‘Then, characteristically, small bursts of applause broke out across the vast square.’
      • ‘They tend to work in fairly intense bursts and argue that entitlements such as time and a half will add 2.5 to 3 percent to their wage bills.’
      • ‘Owen made the penalty that led to England's winner, hit the post after an explosive burst of pace and provided the cutting edge that restored his team's qualification hopes.’
      • ‘There are eight airings during a two-week burst before the films move into a rotation in which they are screened about 15 times a year.’
      • ‘He appears to be pacing himself for a burst of explosive action - but at some point in 2008.’
      • ‘He will be asked to utilise the pace of Michael Owen in answer to the ferocious, explosive bursts for which Argentina are renowned.’
      • ‘But we were alerted by the huge burst of cheering that broke out among the section of the crowd that saw him before we did.’
      • ‘Now there is another of those bursts of internationalism, but on a much, much greater scale than ever before.’
      • ‘With a low level of stimulus, the openings appear in brief bursts separated by long closures.’
      spell, period, time, stretch, stint, turn, run, session, round, cycle
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Origin

Old English berstan, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch bersten, barsten.

Pronunciation

burst

/bərst//bərst/