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Definition 1: the act of exploding or bursting - [noun denoting act]

Samples where burst or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the explosion of the firecrackers awoke the children
  • the burst of an atom bomb creates enormous radiation aloft

Synonyms for burst in the sense of this definition

(burst is a kind of ...) the act of changing the unity or wholeness of something

(... is a kind of burst ) the act of detonating an explosive

(... is a kind of burst ) the act of exploding with noise and violence

"his fulminations frightened the horses"

Definition 2: rapid simultaneous discharge of firearms - [noun denoting act]

Samples where burst or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • our fusillade from the left flank caught them by surprise

Synonyms for burst in the sense of this definition

(burst is a kind of ...) the act of firing weapons or artillery at an enemy

"hold your fire until you can see the whites of their eyes" "they retreated in the face of withering enemy fire"

Definition 3: a sudden flurry of activity (often for no obvious reason) - [noun denoting act]

Samples where burst or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a burst of applause
  • a fit of housecleaning

Synonyms for burst in the sense of this definition

(burst is a kind of ...) any specific behavior

"they avoided all recreational activity"

(... is a kind of burst ) repeated bursts of activity

"they worked in fits and starts"

Definition 4: a sudden intense happening - [noun denoting event]

Samples where burst or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • an outburst of heavy rain
  • a burst of lightning

Synonyms for burst in the sense of this definition

(burst is a kind of ...) an event that happens

(... is a kind of burst ) an outburst resembling the discharge of firearms or the release of bombs

(... is a kind of burst ) a sudden burst of activity

"come back after the rush"

Definition 5: come open suddenly and violently, as if from internal pressure - [verb of change]

Samples where burst or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The bubble burst

Synonyms for burst in the sense of this definition

(burst is a kind of ...) become separated into pieces or fragments

"The figurine broke" "The freshly baked loaf fell apart"

(... is a kind of burst ) burst open with a sharp, explosive sound

"The balloon popped" "This popcorn pops quickly in the microwave oven"

(... is a kind of burst ) burst suddenly

"The tire blew" "We blew a tire"

(... is a kind of burst ) burst or force (a hole) into something

Definition 6: break open or apart suddenly and forcefully - [verb of change]

Samples where burst or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The dam burst

Synonyms for burst in the sense of this definition

(burst is a kind of ...) become separated into pieces or fragments

"The figurine broke" "The freshly baked loaf fell apart"

(... is a kind of burst ) break into many pieces

"The wine glass shattered"

Definition 7: emerge suddenly - [verb of change]

Samples where burst or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The sun burst into view

(burst is a kind of ...) come out into view, as from concealment

"Suddenly, the proprietor emerged from his office"

Definition 8: burst outward, usually with noise - [verb of change]

Samples where burst or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The champagne bottle exploded

Synonyms for burst in the sense of this definition

(burst is a kind of ...) change in physical make-up

(... is a kind of burst ) explode heavily or with a loud dull noise

(... is a kind of burst ) be discharged or activated

"the explosive devices went off"

(... is a kind of burst ) become active and spew forth lava and rocks

"Vesuvius erupts once in a while"

Definition 9: force out or release suddenly and often violently something pent up - [verb of emotion]

Samples where burst or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • break into tears
  • erupt in anger

Synonyms for burst in the sense of this definition

(burst is a kind of ...) give verbal or other expression to one's feelings

Definition 10: move suddenly, energetically, or violently - [verb of motion]

Samples where burst or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He burst out of the house into the cool night

(burst is a kind of ...) move forward by leaps and bounds

"The horse bounded across the meadow" "The child leapt across the puddle" "Can you jump over the fence?"

Definition 11: cause to burst - [verb of motion]

Samples where burst or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The ice broke the pipe

Synonyms for burst in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of burst ) cause to burst with a loud, explosive sound

"The child popped the balloon"

(burst has a similar meaning as ...) break down, literally or metaphorically

"The wall collapsed" "The business collapsed" "The dam broke" "The roof collapsed" "The wall gave in" "The roof finally gave under the weight of the ice"

Definition 12: be in a state of movement or action - [verb of stative]

Samples where burst or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The room abounded with screaming children
  • The garden bristled with toddlers

Synonyms for burst in the sense of this definition

(burst is a kind of ...) have as a feature

"This restaurant features the most famous chefs in France"

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