(noun, verb)


1. the act of exploding or bursting

- the burst of an atom bomb creates enormous radiation aloft

Similar word(s): explosion

Definition categories: act

2. rapid simultaneous discharge of firearms

Similar word(s): fusillade, salvo, volley

Definition categories: act, fire, firing

3. a sudden flurry of activity (often for no obvious reason)

- a burst of applause

Similar word(s): fit

Definition categories: act, activity

4. a sudden intense happening

- an outburst of heavy rain

- a burst of lightning

Similar word(s): outburst

Definition categories: event, happening, occurrence, occurrent

Sentences with burst as a noun:

- The bursts of the bombs could be heard miles away.


1. come open suddenly and violently, as if from internal pressure

- The bubble burst

Similar word(s): split

Definition categories: change, break, separate

2. force out or release suddenly and often violently something pent up

Similar word(s): break, erupt

Definition categories: emotion

3. burst outward, usually with noise

Similar word(s): explode

Definition categories: change

4. move suddenly, energetically, or violently

- He burst out of the house into the cool night

Definition categories: motion, bound, jump, leap, spring

5. be in a state of movement or action

Similar word(s): abound, bristle

Definition categories: stative, feature, have

6. emerge suddenly

- The sun burst into view

Definition categories: change, emerge

7. cause to burst

Similar word(s): collapse

Definition categories: motion

8. break open or apart suddenly and forcefully

- The dam burst

Similar word(s): bust

Definition categories: change, break, separate

Sentences with burst as a verb:

- I blew the balloon up too much, and it burst.

- I burst the balloon when I blew it up too much.

- I printed the report on formfeed paper then burst the sheets.

- to burst a hole through the wall