Meaning of BURST in English


(~s, ~ing)

Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English.

Note: The form '~' is used in the present tense and is the past tense and past participle.


If something ~s or if you ~ it, it suddenly breaks open or splits open and the air or other substance inside it comes out.

The driver lost control when a tyre ~...

It is not a good idea to ~ a blister.

...a flood caused by a ~ pipe.

VERB: V, V n, V-ed


If a dam ~s, or if something ~s it, it breaks apart because the force of the river is too great.

A dam ~ and flooded their villages.

VERB: V, also V n


If a river ~s its banks, the water rises and goes on to the land.

Monsoons caused the river to ~ its banks.



When a door or lid ~s open, it opens very suddenly and violently because someone pushes it or there is great pressure behind it.

The door ~ open and an angry young nurse appeared.

= fly

VERB: V open/apart


To ~ into or out of a place means to enter or leave it suddenly with a lot of energy or force.

Gunmen ~ into his home and opened fire...

= rush

VERB: V prep/adv


If you say that something ~s onto the scene, you mean that it suddenly starts or becomes active, usually after developing quietly for some time. (JOURNALISM)

He ~ onto the fashion scene in the early 1980s.

VERB: V onto/upon n


A ~ of something is a sudden short period of it.

...a ~ of machine-gun fire...

The current flows in little ~s.

N-COUNT: usu N of n

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