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Dictionary definition for: Burst

1. (n) the act of exploding or bursting something; "the explosion of the firecrackers awoke the children" "the burst of an atom bomb creates enormous radiation aloft"

2. (v) break open or apart suddenly; "The bubble burst"

3. (s) suddenly and violently broken open especially from internal pressure (`busted" is an informal term for "burst'') "a burst balloon" "burst pipes" "burst seams" "a ruptured appendix" "a busted balloon"

4. (n) rapid simultaneous discharge of firearms; "our fusillade from the left flank caught them by surprise"

5. (v) force out or release suddenly and often violently something pent up; "break into tears" "erupt in anger"

6. (n) a sudden flurry of activity (often for no obvious reason) "a burst of applause" "a fit of housecleaning"

7. (v) burst outward, usually with noise; "The champagne bottle exploded"

8. (n) a sudden violent happening; "an outburst of heavy rain" "a burst of lightning"

9. (v) move suddenly, energetically, or violently; "He burst out of the house into the cool night"

10. (v) be in a state of movement or action; "The room abounded with screaming children" "The garden bristled with toddlers"

11. (v) emerge suddenly; "The sun burst into view"

12. (v) cause to burst; "The ice broke the pipe"

13. (v) break open or apart suddenly and forcefully; "The dam burst"

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