ADJ. short a short burst of energy | sudden a sudden burst of enthusiasm | rapid a rapid burst of gunfire | intense an intense burst of anger
PREP. in ~s He works in short bursts. | ~ of
ADV. suddenly | apart The ship was burst apart and its crew blasted to pieces.
VERB + BURST be about to, be going to, be ready to My whole head felt like a ripe tomato, ready to burst.
PREP. with (figurative) He felt he would burst with anger. PHRASAL VERBS burst into sth
ADV. suddenly | immediately, instantly, promptly She took one look at the mess and promptly burst into tears.
VERB + BURST be about to, be going to, be ready to He was just about to burst into song.