Meaning of BURST in English


I. ˈbərst verb

( 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


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


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


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

II. noun

Date: 1610


a. : a sudden outbreak ; especially : a vehement outburst (as of emotion)

b. : explosion , eruption

c. : a sudden intense effort

a burst of speed

d. : the duration of fire in one engagement of the mechanism of an automatic firearm

2. : an act of bursting

3. : a result of bursting ; especially : a visible puff accompanying the explosion of a shell

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.