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v. burst, often, burst•ed, burst•ing, v.i.
Bursta vehement outburst.
- (Your unexpected letter has just) burst into my existence like a meteor into the sphere of a planet —William James letter from Dresden to Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., May 15, 1868
- (My poor head would) burst like a dropped watermelon —Maya Angelou
- Burst like a raw egg —William Diehl
- Burst like a ripe seedpod —Beryl Markham
- Burst like a thunderbolt —Alfred, Lord Tennyson
- (Seeds) burst like bullets —Anne Sexton
- [Details of an event would] burst open like garbage from a bag dropped from a height —Thomas Keneally
- Burst out like a rash —Nadine Gordimer
- Bursting like an overdone potato —Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
- Comes apart like a slow-ripping seam —Sharon Sheehe Stark
The character coming apart in the author’s story, In the Surprise of Life, is a girl who has been trying to contain her laughter.
- Flashed [a remark] like a sheet of heat lightning —Rita Mae Brown
- (The cursing and grumbling) flashed like a storm —Enid Bagnold
- Like the buds let us burst —Ogden Nash
- (He had a real gift for those flaring exclamations, those raucous) outbursts, like wounds suddenly opened —Romain Gary
- Sputtering like a leaky valve —John Peter Toohey
- (Our imaginations seem to have been) torn open … as by a charge of dynamite —Dorothy Canfield Fisher
When something bursts or when you burst it, it suddenly splits open, and air or some other substance comes out. The past tense and past participle of burst is burst, not 'bursted'.
If you burst into tears, you suddenly begin to cry.
Don't say that someone 'bursts in tears'.
Do not confuse burst with bust. If you bust something, you break or damage it so badly that it cannot be used.
Past participle: burst
|Noun||1.||burst - the act of exploding or bursting; "the explosion of the firecrackers awoke the children"; "the burst of an atom bomb creates enormous radiation aloft"|
change of integrity - the act of changing the unity or wholeness of something
detonation - the act of detonating an explosive
fulmination - the act of exploding with noise and violence; "his fulminations frightened the horses"
|2.||burst - rapid simultaneous discharge of firearms; "our fusillade from the left flank caught them by surprise"|
|3.||burst - a sudden flurry of activity (often for no obvious reason); "a burst of applause"; "a fit of housecleaning"|
activity - any specific behavior; "they avoided all recreational activity"
fits and starts - repeated bursts of activity; "they worked in fits and starts"
|4.||burst - a sudden intense happening; "an outburst of heavy rain"; "a burst of lightning"|
salvo - an outburst resembling the discharge of firearms or the release of bombs
rush - a sudden burst of activity; "come back after the rush"
|Verb||1.||burst - come open suddenly and violently, as if from internal pressure; "The bubble burst"|
pop - burst open with a sharp, explosive sound; "The balloon popped"; "This popcorn pops quickly in the microwave oven"
blow - burst suddenly; "The tire blew"; "We blew a tire"
|2.||burst - force out or release suddenly and often violently something pent up; "break into tears"; "erupt in anger"|
|3.||burst - burst outward, usually with noise; "The champagne bottle exploded"|
change integrity - change in physical make-up
crump - explode heavily or with a loud dull noise
go off - be discharged or activated; "the explosive devices went off"
|4.||burst - move suddenly, energetically, or violently; "He burst out of the house into the cool night"|
|5.||burst - be in a state of movement or action; "The room abounded with screaming children"; "The garden bristled with toddlers"|
|6.||burst - emerge suddenly; "The sun burst into view"|
emerge - come out into view, as from concealment; "Suddenly, the proprietor emerged from his office"
|7.||burst - cause to burst; "The ice broke the pipe"|
pop - cause to burst with a loud, explosive sound; "The child popped the balloon"
|8.||burst - break open or apart suddenly and forcefully; "The dam burst"|
shatter - break into many pieces; "The wine glass shattered"
burst[bɜːst] (burst (vb: pt, pp))
a burst pipe → una tubería reventada
a burst tyre → un neumático reventado, una llanta pinchada (LAm)
the river has burst its banks → el río se ha desbordado
to burst open a door → abrir una puerta de golpe
bursting at the seams → lleno a reventar
I'm bursting for the loo (Brit) → estoy que reviento, tengo que ir al wáter
the door burst open → la puerta se abrió de golpe
I was bursting to tell you → reventaba de ganas de decírtelo
to be bursting with pride → no caber dentro de sí de orgullo
he was bursting with impatience → reventaba de impaciencia
London is bursting with young people → Londres está que bulle de juventud
to burst into song → romper or ponerse a cantar
to burst into tears → echarse a llorar
to be bursting out of a dress → no caber en un vestido
to burst out singing → romper or ponerse a cantar
"no!" he burst out → -¡no!, -gritó con pasión
a burst of activity → une poussée d'activité
a burst of enthusiasm → un accès d'enthousiasme
a burst of laughter → un éclat de rire
a burst of applause → une salve d'applaudissement
a burst of speed → une pointe de vitesse
a burst of gunfire → une rafale
to do sth in bursts (= sporadically) → faire qch sporadiquement
a flood caused by a burst pipe → une inondation causée par la rupture d'une canalisation
burstvb: pret, ptp <burst>
burst[bɜːst] (burst (vb: pt, pp))
a burst of applause → uno scroscio d'applausi
a burst of laughter/activity → uno scoppio di risa/attività
a burst of speed → uno scatto (di velocità)
the river has burst its banks → il fiume ha rotto gli argini or ha straripato
the door burst open → la porta si è spalancata di colpo
filled to bursting point → pieno/a da scoppiare
to be bursting with (health, energy) → scoppiare di
to be bursting with pride → sprizzare soddisfazione da tutti i pori
to be bursting at the seams (with) → essere pieno/a zeppo/a (di), traboccare (di)
the room was bursting at the seams → la stanza rigurgitava di persone
I was bursting to tell you (fam) → morivo dalla voglia di dirtelo
to burst into flames → prendere fuoco, andare in fiamme
to burst into tears → scoppiare a piangere