Burst

Definition of Burst

Pronunciation: bûrst
v. i.1.To fly apart or in pieces; of break open; to yield to force or pressure, especially to a sudden and violent exertion of force, or to pressure from within; to explode; as, the boiler had burst; the buds will burst in spring.
[imp. & p. p. Burst; p. pr. & vb. n. Bursting. The past participle bursten is obsolete.]
From the egg that soon
Bursting with kindly rupture, forth disclosed
Their callow young.
- Milton.
No, no, my heart will burst, an if I speak:
And I will speak, that so my heart may burst.
- Shak.
2.To exert force or pressure by which something is made suddenly to give way; to break through obstacles or limitations; hence, to appear suddenly and unexpectedly or unaccountably, or to depart in such manner; - usually with some qualifying adverb or preposition, as forth, out, away, into, upon, through, etc.
Tears, such as angels weep, burst forth.
- Milton.
And now you burst (ah cruel!) from my arms.
- Pope.
A resolved villain
Whose bowels suddenly burst out.
- Shak.
We were the first that ever burst
Into that silent sea.
- Coleridge.
To burst upon him like an earthquake.
- Goldsmith.
v. t.1.To break or rend by violence, as by an overcharge or by strain or pressure, esp. from within; to force open suddenly; as, to burst a cannon; to burst a blood vessel; to burst open the doors.
My breast I'll burst with straining of my courage.
- Shak.
2.To break.
You will not pay for the glasses you have burst?
- Shak.
He burst his lance against the sand below.
- Fairfax (Tasso).
3.To produce as an effect of bursting; as, to burst a hole through the wall.
Bursting charge
See under Charge.
n.1.A sudden breaking forth; a violent rending; an explosion; as, a burst of thunder; a burst of applause; a burst of passion; a burst of inspiration.
Bursts of fox-hunting melody.
- W. Irving.
2.Any brief, violent exertion or effort; a spurt; as, a burst of speed.
3.A sudden opening, as of landscape; a stretch; an expanse.
4.A rupture or hernia; a breach.

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