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BURST

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does burst mean? 

BURST (noun)
  The noun BURST has 4 senses:

1. the act of exploding or bursting something
2. rapid simultaneous discharge of firearms
3. a sudden flurry of activity (often for no obvious reason)
4. a sudden violent happening

  Familiarity information: BURST used as a noun is uncommon.


BURST (adjective)
  The adjective BURST has 1 sense:

1. suddenly and violently broken open especially from internal pressure ('busted' is an informal term for 'burst')

  Familiarity information: BURST used as an adjective is very rare.


BURST (verb)
  The verb BURST has 8 senses:

1. break open or apart suddenly
2. force out or release suddenly and often violently something pent up
3. burst outward, usually with noise
4. move suddenly, energetically, or violently
5. be in a state of movement or action
6. emerge suddenly
7. cause to burst
8. break open or apart suddenly and forcefully

  Familiarity information: BURST used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


BURST (noun)


Sense 1burst [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of exploding or bursting something

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

burst; explosion

Context examples:

the explosion of the firecrackers awoke the children / the burst of an atom bomb creates enormous radiation aloft

Hypernyms ("burst" is a kind of...):

change of integrity (the act of changing the unity or wholeness of something)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "burst"):

detonation (the act of detonating an explosive)

fulmination (the act of exploding with noise and violence)


Sense 2burst [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Rapid simultaneous discharge of firearms

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

volley; fusillade; salvo; burst

Context example:

our fusillade from the left flank caught them by surprise

Hypernyms ("burst" is a kind of...):

fire; firing (the act of firing weapons or artillery at an enemy)


Sense 3burst [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A sudden flurry of activity (often for no obvious reason)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

burst; fit

Context examples:

a burst of applause / a fit of housecleaning

Hypernyms ("burst" is a kind of...):

activity (any specific behavior)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "burst"):

fits and starts (repeated bursts of activity)


Sense 4burst [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A sudden violent happening

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Synonyms:

flare-up; outburst; burst

Context examples:

an outburst of heavy rain / a burst of lightning

Hypernyms ("burst" is a kind of...):

happening; natural event; occurrence; occurrent (an event that happens)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "burst"):

salvo (an outburst resembling the discharge of firearms or the release of bombs)

rush (a sudden burst of activity)


BURST (adjective)


Sense 1burst [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Suddenly and violently broken open especially from internal pressure ('busted' is an informal term for 'burst')

Synonyms:

burst; busted; ruptured

Context examples:

a burst balloon / burst pipes / burst seams / a ruptured appendix / a busted balloon

Similar:

damaged (harmed or injured or spoiled)

Domain usage:

colloquialism (a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech)


BURST (verb)


Sense 1burst [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Break open or apart suddenly

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

burst; break open; split

Context example:

The bubble burst

Hypernyms (to "burst" is one way to...):

break; come apart; fall apart; separate; split up (become separated into pieces or fragments)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "burst"):

pop (burst open with a sharp, explosive sound)

blow (burst suddenly)

stave; stave in (burst or force (a hole) into something)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 2burst [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Force out or release suddenly and often violently something pent up

Classified under:

Verbs of feeling

Synonyms:

burst; erupt; break

Context examples:

break into tears / erupt in anger

Hypernyms (to "burst" is one way to...):

express emotion; express feelings (give verbal or other expression to one's feelings)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s PP


Sense 3burst [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Burst outward, usually with noise

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

explode; burst

Context example:

The champagne bottle exploded

Hypernyms (to "burst" is one way to...):

change integrity (change in physical make-up)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "burst"):

belch; erupt; extravasate (become active and spew forth lava and rocks)

go off (be discharged or activated)

crump (explode heavily or with a loud dull noise)

Sentence frames:

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Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 4burst [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Move suddenly, energetically, or violently

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Context example:

He burst out of the house into the cool night

Hypernyms (to "burst" is one way to...):

bound; jump; leap; spring (move forward by leaps and bounds)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s PP


Sense 5burst [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be in a state of movement or action

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Synonyms:

bristle; abound; burst

Context examples:

The room abounded with screaming children / The garden bristled with toddlers

Hypernyms (to "burst" is one way to...):

feature; have (have as a feature)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something

Sentence example:

The streets burst with crowds


Sense 6burst [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Emerge suddenly

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Context example:

The sun burst into view

Hypernyms (to "burst" is one way to...):

emerge (come out into view, as from concealment)

Sentence frames:

Something is ----ing PP
Somebody ----s PP


Sense 7burst [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cause to burst

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

collapse; burst

Context example:

The ice broke the pipe

Cause:

break; cave in; collapse; fall in; founder; give; give way (break down, literally or metaphorically)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "burst"):

pop (cause to burst with a loud, explosive sound)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 8burst [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Break open or apart suddenly and forcefully

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

bust; burst

Context example:

The dam burst

Hypernyms (to "burst" is one way to...):

break; come apart; fall apart; separate; split up (become separated into pieces or fragments)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "burst"):

shatter (break into many pieces)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


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