Definition of bursty in US English:



informal, technical
  • 1Occurring at intervals in short sudden episodes or groups.

    • ‘Internet traffic flows can be bursty, and it's important to ensure that bursts headed to one subscriber do not affect service provided to others.’
    • ‘A ton of customers can go through this pipe, especially in the bursty data world.’
    • ‘But mathematical progress is bursty, and a single breakthrough could more than make up for lost time.’
    • ‘This is particularly important for data communications because of the discontinuous and bursty nature of the traffic.’
    • ‘In addition, a planning system is more flexible with the capacity to meet strict deadlines and cope with bursty peaks in demand.’
    1. 1.1 Relating to or denoting the transmission of data in short, separate bursts of signals.
      • ‘This network is uniquely unqualified to carry the newer types of bursty LAN traffic, and so traffic engineering becomes an expensive problem.’
      • ‘Ethernet is explicitly designed to handle packet-based, bursty data traffic.’
      • ‘Packet switching is best suited for transmitting bursty data traffic that is not affected by delays.’
      • ‘It is important to separate LAN and SAN traffic to allow bulk data transfer to occur on the SAN without any affect from bursty, less predictable LAN traffic.’
      • ‘This allows carriers to map packet data into arbitrarily sized TDM pipes-for example, taking bursty Ethernet traffic and mapping it into a fixed bandwidth channel.’