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  2  definitions  found 
 
  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  The  past  participle  bursten  is  obsolete.]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[ae]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 
  --Shak. 
 
  We  were  the  first  that  ever  burst  Into  that  silent 
  sea.  --Coleridge. 
 
  To  burst  upon  him  like  an  earthquake.  --Goldsmith. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  bursting 
  adj  :  (of  munitions)  going  off  "bursting  bombs";  "an  exploding 
  nuclear  device";  "a  spectacular  display  of  detonating 
  anti-tank  mines"  [syn:  {detonating},  {exploding}] 




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