Meaning of BURST in English



Pronunciation: ' b ə rst

Function: verb

Inflected Form: burst also burst · ed ; burst · ing

Etymology: Middle English bersten, from Old English berstan; akin to Old High German brestan to burst

Date: before 12th century

intransitive verb

1 : to break open, apart, or into pieces usually from impact or from pressure from within

2 a : to give way from an excess of emotion <my heart will burst > b : to give vent suddenly to a repressed emotion < burst into tears> < burst out laughing>

3 a : to emerge or spring suddenly < burst out of the house> < burst onto the scene> b : LAUNCH , PLUNGE < burst into song>

4 : to be filled to the breaking point < burst ing with excitement> <a crate burst ing with fruit>

transitive verb

1 : to cause to burst < burst a balloon>

2 a : to force open (as a door or a way) by strong or vigorous action b : to flood over <the river burst its banks>

3 : to produce by or as if by bursting

– burst at the seams : to be larger, fuller, or more crowded than could reasonably have been anticipated

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.