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Burst appears in the following tongue twister:

  • Bobby Bippy bought a bat.
    Bobby Bippy bought a ball.
    With his bat Bob banged the ball
    Banged it bump against the wall
    But so boldly Bobby banged it
    That he burst his rubber ball
    "Boo!" cried Bobby
    Bad luck ball
    Bad luck Bobby, bad luck ball
    Now to drown his many troubles
    Bobby Bippy's blowing bubbles.
    (from mid-Willamette Valley theater)

Burst appears in many palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • Burst, rap; parts rub.
  • Stunts rub burst nuts.
  • Tents rub at a burst net.
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The word burst is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun burst

What does burst mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: bursts

  1. the act of exploding or bursting
    • example: the burst of an atom bomb creates enormous radiation aloft
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of burst: explosion
    • more generic term: change of integrity = the act of changing the unity or wholeness of something
    • more specific words:
      • detonation = the act of detonating an explosive
      • fulmination = the act of exploding with noise and violence
  2. rapid simultaneous discharge of firearms
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonyms of burst: fusillade / salvo / volley
    • more generic words: fire / firing = the act of firing weapons or artillery at an enemy
  3. a sudden flurry of activity (often for no obvious reason)
    • example: a burst of applause
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of burst: fit
    • more generic word: activity = any specific behavior
    • more specific term: fits and starts = repeated bursts of activity
  4. a sudden intense happening

Alternative definition of the noun burst


  1. An instance of, or the act of bursting.

Specialised definition of the noun burst

Glossary of sports

movement skill serving the purpose of acceleration. In sport disciplines where the aim is minimizing time, a burst of speed plays an important role in the start, in reacting to passing manoeuvres, and in the sprint. In track and field, sprinting ability, i.e. the ability of the runner to reach a high velocity in a short time is required to achieve a burst of speed. (Herbert Haag & Gerald Haag. 2003. Dictionary. Sport, Physical Education, Sport Science. Kiel, Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaften)

Definition of the verb burst

What does burst mean as a doing word?

Burst is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections:

simple pastpast participlepresent participlethird-person singular

  1. come open suddenly and violently, as if from internal pressure
  2. force out or release suddenly and often violently something pent up
  3. burst outward, usually with noise
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonym of burst: explode
    • more generic term: change integrity = change in physical make-up
    • more specific terms:
  4. move suddenly, energetically, or violently
    • example: He burst out of the house into the cool night
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • more generic words: bound / jump / leap / spring = move forward by leaps and bounds
  5. be in a state of movement or action
    • example: The streets burst with crowds
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • synonyms of burst: abound / bristle
    • more generic words: feature / have = have as a feature
  6. emerge suddenly
  7. cause to burst
  8. break open or apart suddenly and forcefully
    • example: The dam burst
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonym of burst: bust
    • more generic terms: break / come apart / fall apart / separate / split up = become separated into pieces or fragments
    • more specific word: shatter = break into many pieces

Alternative definition of the verb burst


  1. [intransitive] To break from internal pressure.
  2. [transitive] To cause to break from internal pressure.
  3. [transitive] To separate formfeed at perforation lines
  4. [intransitive] To enter or exit hurriedly and unexpectedly..


Burst was a progressive metal band from Kristinehamn, Sweden. They were formed in 1993 by Jesper Liveröd, Linus Jägerskog and Patrik Hultin. Guitarists Robert Reinholdz and Jonas Rydberg joined the band a bit later. According to their label, they are considered to be one of Sweden's brightest metal prospects.


  1. "Burst": Burst is an EP released by Swedish progressive metal band Burst. The EP was self-released by Burst and recorded at Studio Zalt in March 1995 in Kristinehamn, Sweden.
  2. "Burst" is a musical single of The Darling Buds.
    • released in (27 years ago)
  3. "Burst" is a composition.
  4. "Burst" is a composition.
  5. "Burst" is a musical EP of United.
    • released on (18 years ago)
  6. "Burst" a.k.a. "Burst!" is a musical EP of Peaches.
    • released on
  7. "Burst" is a musical album of The Pass.
    • released on (4 years ago)
  8. "Burst" is a musical album of Iphaze.
    • released on
  9. "Burst" is a composition.


Burst is a sub-municipality of Erpe-Mere in Belgium. It is located on the Molenbeek in the Denderstreek, southeast of East Flanders and belongs to the Arrondissement of Aalst. It is bordered by the sub-municipalities of Bambrugge and Aaigem, as well as the municipalities of Herzele and Sint-Lievens-Houtem. Burst had 2968 inhabitants on 1 January 2003 and an area of 3.83 km. The population density was 776 / km ².

Phrases with Burst

Phrases starting with the word Burst:

  1. Burst in
  2. burst out
  3. burst upon
  4. burst forth
  5. burst in on
  6. Burst Out Laughing
  7. Burst Someone's Bubble

Phrases ending with the word Burst:

  1. Air burst
  2. Radio Burst
  3. Strain Burst
  4. Gamma-ray burst

Other phrase containing the word Burst:

  1. Last Burst of Fire

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Burst

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Google previewQuality of Service in Optical Burst Switched Networks (2007)

by Kee Chaing Chua, Mohan Gurusamy, Yong Liu, Minh Hoang Phung

The second one is called burst link where bursts are multiplexed. 6.4.1 OBTN node architecture The architecture of an OBTN node is shown in Figure 6.11. There are three kinds of links for an OBTN node: links to metro networks, circuit links, ...

Google previewBoundaries of Rock Mechanics (2008)

Recent Advances and Challenges for the 21st Century by Meifeng Cai, Jin'an Wang

Rock burst is an energy release phenomenon, based on the energy dissipation theory during rock-coal deformation, clipped coal-rock break unsteadily when its accumulating energy loses equilibrium with dissipating energy, which results in ...

Google previewTransactions on Large-Scale Data- and Knowledge-Centered Systems VIII (2013)

Special Issue on Advances in Data Warehousing and Knowledge Discovery by Abdelkader Hameurlain, Josef Küng, Roland Wagner, Alfredo Cuzzocrea, Umeshwar Dayal

Introduction A burst is a window in time when an event shows an unusally high frequency of occurrence. For applications where the data arrives as a time series or a stream, a burst indicates a period in time when some interesting event took ...

Google previewBroadband Access (2014)

Wireline and Wireless - Alternatives for Internet Services by Steven Gorshe, Arvind Raghavan, Thomas Starr, Stefano Galli

The next part of the upstream burst is an optional 4-byte field used for reporting the ONU buffer status ...

Google previewMyth Into Art (2002)

Poet and Painter in Classical Greece by H. A. Shapiro

The tight compression of three figures into a rectangular frame whose edges they threaten to burst is a peculiarly Archaic form, which recurs, on a smaller scale, on some bronze shieldbands of the sixth century. Such panels in low relief were ...

Google previewInformation Technology Network And Internet (2006)

by C. T. Bhunia

meaning Burst, Asymmetric, Delicate and Insensitive to Time. Burst refers to the arrival of data in bursts, meaning for a long time there may not ...

Google previewMolecular Cardiology for the Cardiologists (2012)

by Bernard Swynghedauw

The initial burst is the first extremely rapid phase of the ATPase reaction, during this step ATP binds to myosin, whose spatial structure changes, it is then hydrolyzed to produce mechanical energy. - Simultaneously, due to the decrease in ATP ...

Google previewBehavior: A Guide For Practitioners, An Issue of Veterinary Clinics of North America: Small Animal Practice, (2014)

by Gary Landsberg

Another difficulty is the appearance of extinction bursts and spontaneous recovery. An extinction burst is an initial increase in the ...

Google previewGoPro (2014)

Professional Guide to Filmmaking [covers the HERO4 and all GoPro cameras] by Bradford Schmidt, Brandon Thompson

If the activity or action is calculated and brief, such as jumping off a waterfall, then burst is the photo capture mode of choice. Using the Smart ...

Google previewUnited Editors Encyclopedia and Dictionary (1907)

A Library of Universal Knowledge and an Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language ...

fish [representation of the sound made by a dash of water or by a sudden burst of flame: Swiss, flatachen, to splash; flatzgen, to blaze: Icel. jmsa ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Multimedia Technology and Networking, Second Edition (2008)

by Pagani, Margherita

Burst. Switch. as. a. New. Switching. Paradigm. for. High-Speed. Internet. O Figure 1. Schematic representation of an IP over OBS. Joel J. P. C. Rodrigues University of Beira Interior, Portugal Institute of Telecommunications, Portugal Mário M.

Google previewDictionary of Geophysics, Astrophysics, and Astronomy (2001)

by Richard A. Matzner

gamma-ray burst models, collapsar not become optically thin until much of the internal energy has been converted into kinetic energy through expansion. The observed gammaray burst spectrum is then produced by internal shocks in the ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia perthensis, or, Universal dictionary of the arts, sciences, literature, etc. : intended to supersede the use of other books of reference (1816)

BURST. Burstf.n. particip. adj. [from iiirst.] ' Diseased with a hernia, or rupture. (a.) * Burst, n.s. [from the verb ] A sudden •disruption ; a sudden and violent action of any Jtiiid — Since t was man. Such sheets of fire, such-Aar/ of horrid thunder, .

Google previewMilitary Dictionary (1861)

by H. L. Scott

If the whole of the fuze-composition be bored out, and the rocket- composition left entire, the shell may be expected to burst at about 2,000 yards, elevation 27 degrees. If the rocket-composition be bored into, to within 1.5 inch of the top of the ...

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Quotes about Burst

If the radiance of a thousand suns were to burst at once into the sky that would be like the splendor of the Mighty One... I am become Death, the Shatterer of Worlds.
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Scrabble value of B3U1R1S1T1

The value of this 5-letter word is 7 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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