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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. the act of exploding or bursting; "the explosion of the firecrackers awoke the children"; "the burst of an atom bomb creates enormous radiation aloft"
    Synonym(s): explosion, burst
  2. rapid simultaneous discharge of firearms; "our fusillade from the left flank caught them by surprise"
    Synonym(s): fusillade, salvo, volley, burst
  3. a sudden flurry of activity (often for no obvious reason); "a burst of applause"; "a fit of housecleaning"
    Synonym(s): burst, fit
  4. a sudden intense happening; "an outburst of heavy rain"; "a burst of lightning"
    Synonym(s): outburst, burst, flare-up
  1. come open suddenly and violently, as if from internal pressure; "The bubble burst"
    Synonym(s): burst, split, break open
  2. force out or release suddenly and often violently something pent up; "break into tears"; "erupt in anger"
    Synonym(s): break, burst, erupt
  3. burst outward, usually with noise; "The champagne bottle exploded"
    Synonym(s): explode, burst
    Antonym(s): go off, implode
  4. move suddenly, energetically, or violently; "He burst out of the house into the cool night"
  5. be in a state of movement or action; "The room abounded with screaming children"; "The garden bristled with toddlers"
    Synonym(s): abound, burst, bristle
  6. emerge suddenly; "The sun burst into view"
  7. cause to burst; "The ice broke the pipe"
    Synonym(s): collapse, burst
  8. break open or apart suddenly and forcefully; "The dam burst"
    Synonym(s): burst, bust
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Burst \Burst\ (b[ucir]rst), 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.
      2. To break. [Obs.]
                     You will not pay for the glasses you have burst?
                     He burst his lance against the sand below. --Fairfax
      3. To produce as an effect of bursting; as, to burst a hole
            through the wall.
      {Bursting charge}. See under {Charge}.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Burst \Burst\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Burst}; p. pr. & vb. n.
      {Bursting}. The past participle bursten is obsolete.] [OE.
      bersten, bresten, AS. berstan (pers. sing. berste, imp. sing.
      b[91]rst, imp. pl. burston, p. p. borsten); akin to D.
      bersten, G. bersten, OHG. brestan, OS. brestan, Icel. bresta,
      Sw. brista, Dan. briste. Cf. {Brast}, {Break}.]
      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.
                     From the egg that soon Bursting with kindly rupture,
                     forth disclosed Their callow young.   --Milton.
      Note: Often used figuratively, as of the heart, in reference
               to a surcharge of passion, grief, desire, etc.
                        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.
                     We were the first that ever burst Into that silent
                     sea.                                                   --Coleridge.
                     To burst upon him like an earthquake. --Goldsmith.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Burst \Burst\, 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.
            [R.] [bd]A fine burst of country.[b8] --Jane Austen.
      4. A rupture or hernia; a breach.
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