Definition of bursty in US English:



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

    • ‘This is particularly important for data communications because of the discontinuous and bursty nature of the traffic.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In addition, a planning system is more flexible with the capacity to meet strict deadlines and cope with bursty peaks in demand.’
    • ‘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.’
    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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Ethernet is explicitly designed to handle packet-based, bursty data traffic.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Packet switching is best suited for transmitting bursty data traffic that is not affected by delays.’