adj : suddenly and violently broken open especially from internal
pressure; "a burst balloon"; "burst pipes"; "burst
seams"; "a ruptured appendix"; (`busted' is an informal
term for `burst' as in "a busted balloon") [syn: ruptured
n 1: 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" [syn: explosion
2: rapid simultaneous discharge of firearms; "our fusillade
from the left flank caught them by surprise" [syn: fusillade
3: a sudden flurry of activity (often for no obvious reason);
"a burst of applause"; "a fit of housecleaning" [syn: fit
4: a sudden violent happening; "an outburst of heavy rain"; "a
burst of lightning" [syn: outburst
v 1: break open or apart suddenly; "The bubble burst" [syn: split
2: force out or release suddenly and often violently something
pent up; "break into tears"; "erupt in anger" [syn: break
3: burst outward, usually with noise; "The champagne bottle
exploded" [syn: explode
] [ant: 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"
6: emerge suddenly; "The sun burst into view"
7: cause to burst; "The ice broke the pipe" [syn: collapse
8: break open or apart suddenly and forcefully; "The dam burst"