Definition of burst noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//bɜːst//
    ; NAmE NAmE//bɜːrst//
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  1. 1a short period of a particular activity or strong emotion that often starts suddenly a sudden burst of activity/energy/anger/enthusiasm Her breath was coming in short bursts. I tend to work in bursts. spontaneous bursts of applause bursts of laughter
  2. 2an occasion when something bursts; the hole left where something has burst a burst in a water pipe See related entries: Construction
  3. 3a short series of shots from a gun frequent bursts of machine-gun fire
  4. Word OriginOld English berstan, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch bersten, barsten.Extra examples a rapid burst of gunfire a short burst of energy a sudden burst of enthusiasm an intense burst of anger Her breath was coming in short bursts. I had a sudden burst of energy and cleaned the house from top to bottom. I tend to work in bursts. There was a spontaneous burst of applause.
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