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We only seem to learn from Life that Life doesn't matter so much as it seemed to do—it's not so burningly important, after all, what happens. We crawl, like blinking sea-creatures, out of the Ocean onto a spur of rock, we creep over the promontory bewildered and dazzled and hurting ourselves, then we drop in the ocean on the other side: and the little transit doesn't matter so much.
D. H. Lawrence
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Noun

Singular
burst

Plural
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burst ({{{1}}})
  1. An instance of, or the act of bursting.
    The bursts of the bombs could be heard miles away.

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Verb

Infinitive
to burst

Third person singular
bursts

Simple past
burst

Past participle
burst or rarely bursten

Present participle
bursting

to burst (third-person singular simple present bursts, present participle bursting, simple past burst, past participle burst or rarely bursten)
  1. (intransitive) To break from internal pressure.
    I blew the balloon up too much, and it burst.
  2. (transitive) To cause to burst.
    I burst the balloon when I blew it up too much.

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Old High German

Etymology

Common Germanic, akin to Old English byrst, Old Norse burst

Noun

burst

  1. bristle

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