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BUST

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does bust mean? 

BUST (noun)
  The noun BUST has 4 senses:

1. a complete failure
2. the chest of a woman
3. a sculpture of the head and shoulders of a person
4. an occasion for excessive eating or drinking

  Familiarity information: BUST used as a noun is uncommon.


BUST (adjective)
  The adjective BUST has 1 sense:

1. lacking funds

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


BUST (verb)
  The verb BUST has 5 senses:

1. ruin completely
2. search without warning, make a sudden surprise attack on
3. separate or cause to separate abruptly
4. go to pieces
5. break open or apart suddenly and forcefully

  Familiarity information: BUST used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


BUST (noun)


Sense 1bust [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A complete failure

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Synonyms:

bust; fizzle; flop

Context example:

the play was a dismal flop

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

failure (an event that does not accomplish its intended purpose)

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

bomb; dud; turkey (an event that fails badly or is totally ineffectual)


Sense 2bust [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The chest of a woman

Classified under:

Nouns denoting body parts

Synonyms:

female chest; bust

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

chest; pectus; thorax (the part of the human torso between the neck and the diaphragm or the corresponding part in other vertebrates)

Holonyms ("bust" is a part of...):

female body (the body of a female human being)


Sense 3bust [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A sculpture of the head and shoulders of a person

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

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

sculpture (a three-dimensional work of plastic art)


Sense 4bust [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An occasion for excessive eating or drinking

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

binge; tear; bout; bust

Context example:

they went on a bust that lasted three days

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

revel; revelry (unrestrained merrymaking)

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

piss-up (vulgar expression for a bout of heavy drinking)


BUST (adjective)


Sense 1bust [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Lacking funds

Synonyms:

broke; bust; skint; stone-broke; stony-broke

Context example:

'skint' is a British slang term

Similar:

poor (having little money or few possessions)


BUST (verb)


Sense 1bust [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Ruin completely

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

bust; break

Context example:

He busted my radio!

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

destroy; ruin (destroy completely; damage irreparably)

Cause:

break; bust; fall apart; wear; wear out (go to pieces)

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

break down (cause to fall or collapse)

Sentence frames:

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

Also:

bust up (smash or break forcefully)


Sense 2bust [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Search without warning, make a sudden surprise attack on

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

raid; bust

Context example:

The police raided the crack house

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

assail; attack (launch an attack or assault on; begin hostilities or start warfare with)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 3bust [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Separate or cause to separate abruptly

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

rupture; tear; snap; bust

Context examples:

The rope snapped / tear the paper

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

disunite; divide; part; separate (force, take, or pull apart)

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

lacerate (cut or tear irregularly)

pull; rend; rip; rive (tear or be torn violently)

rip up; shred; tear up (tear into shreds)

Sentence frames:

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


Sense 4bust [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Go to pieces

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

wear out; fall apart; bust; wear; break

Context examples:

The lawn mower finally broke / The gears wore out / The old chair finally fell apart completely

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

crumble; decay; delapidate (fall into decay or ruin)

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

fray; frazzle (wear away by rubbing)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s


Sense 5bust [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 "bust" 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 "bust"):

shatter (break into many pieces)

Sentence frames:

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


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