Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

  

English definition of “burst”

burst

noun [C] (INCREASE)    /bɜːst/ US  /bɝːst/
a sudden increase in something, especially for a short period : a burst of speed / applause / laughter Speed of motionBusy and activeHurrying and doing things quickly
(Definition of burst noun (INCREASE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of burst

Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Busy and active, but you might be interested in these topics from the Working topic area:

Definitions of “burst” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

gastronomy

the art and knowledge involved in preparing and eating good food

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More