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burst (fire)

Definition:

rapid simultaneous discharge of firearms

Class:

act noun (acts and actions)

Plural:

bursts

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

fusillade | salvo | volley

Etymology:

Old English berstan "break suddenly" (class III strong verb; past tense bærst,...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

All senses of burst...

Definition references  (+images)

Collins Dictionary:

fusillade

a simultaneous or rapid continual discharge of firearms | a sudden outburst, as of criticism | [transitive] to attack with a fusillade (20 of 489 words, 3 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/fusillade

Wikipedia:

Fusillade

the simultaneous and continuous firing of a group of firearms on command. It stems from the French word fusil, meaning firearm, and fusiller meaning to shoot. In the context of military tactics, the term is generally used to refer to a type of... (43 of 256 words)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Fusillade

Merriam-Webster:

fusillade | blitz [synonym, sense-specific] | blitzkrieg [synonym, sense-specific] | bombardment [synonym, sense-specific] | cannonade [synonym, sense-specific] | drumbeat [synonym, sense-specific] | drumfire [synonym, sense-specific] | flurry [synonym, sense-specific] | barrage [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

a number of shots fired simultaneously or in rapid succession ; something that gives the effect of a fusillade | a spirited outburst especially of ... (24 of 149 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/fusillade

Oxford Dictionary:

fusillade

a series of shots fired or missiles thrown all at the same time or in quick succession | [transitive, archaic] | fire a fusillade at (a place or ... (26 of 79 words, 3 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/fusillade

American Heritage Dictionary:

fusillade | fusilladed [past tense] | fusillading [present participle] | fusillades [3rd-person singular present]

A discharge from a number of firearms, fired simultaneously or in rapid succession. | A rapid outburst or barrage | To attack with a fusillade. (23 of 52 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/fusillade

Macmillan British Dictionary:

fusillade [countable] | fusillades [plural]

a series of shots fired from several guns at the same time | a lot of complaints, criticisms, questions etc coming quickly one after another (24 of 48 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/fusillade

New World Dictionary:

fusillade | fusilladed [past tense] | fusillading [present participle]

a simultaneous or rapid and continuous discharge of many firearms | something like this | to shoot down or attack with a fusillade (21 of 43 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/fusillade

Cambridge Dictionary:

fusillade

a large number of bullets fired at the same time or one after another very quickly (16 of 42 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/fusillade

Random House Dictionary:

fusillade | fusilladed [past tense] | fusillading [present participle]

a simultaneous or continuous discharge of firearms. | a general discharge or outpouring of anything. | to attack or shoot by a fusillade. (21 of 39 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/fusillade

Wiktionary:

fusillade | fusillades [plural] | fusilladed [past tense] | fusillading [present participle]

the simultaneous firing of a number of firearms | a rapid outburst | to fire, or attack with, a fusillade (18 of 32 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/fusillade

Britannica Encyclopedia:

fire [combustion]

rapid burning of combustible material with the evolution of heat and usually accompanied by flame. It's one of the human race's essential tools, ... (23 of 1038 words, 3 images)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/207750​/fire

fire [gem]

in gems, rapidly changing flashes of colour seen in some gems, such as diamonds. Some minerals show dispersion; that is, they break incident white ... (24 of 106 words)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/207780​/fire

Columbia Encyclopedia:

firing

process of treating clay or other plastic ceramic materials with heat to produce a hard, durable but brittle material such as pottery. Primitive ... (23 of 123 words)

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Encarta Dictionary:

fusillade | fusillades [plural] | fusilladed [past tense] | fusillading [present participle]

the firing of several guns at once or in quick succession | a sustained attack or barrage, e.g. of missiles or words | to subject an enemy to a ... (27 of 82 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861613999​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

burst

Origin: Old English berstan "break suddenly" (class III strong verb; past tense bærst, past participle borsten), from a West Germanic ... (19 of 87 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=burst

Wiktionary:

burst | bursts [plural] | brast [archaic, past tense] | bursten [rare, past participle] | bursting [present participle]

Origin: Middle English bersten, from Old English berstan, from Proto-Germanic *brestaną (compare West Frisian boarste, Dutch barsten, Swedish brista), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰre-s-t- (compare Irish... (23 of 35 etymology words)

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New World Dictionary:

burst | bursting [present participle]

Origin: Middle English bresten, bersten from Old English ... | Middle English burst, brist, a damage, defect, injury from Old English byrst, loss (21 of 34 etymology words)

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Collins Dictionary:

burst

Origin: Old English berstan; related to Old Norse bresta, Old Frisian bersta, Old High German brestan; compare break

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/burst

Oxford Dictionary:

burst

Origin: Old English berstan, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch bersten, barsten

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/burst

American Heritage Dictionary:

burst | bursting [present participle] | bursts [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English bursten, from Old English berstan.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/burst

Merriam-Webster:

burst [entry 1, verb] | bursted [past tense] | bursting [present participle]

First use: before 12th century

Origin: Middle English bersten, from Old English berstan; akin to Old High German brestan to burst

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/burst

Encarta Dictionary:

burst | bursts [plural] | bursting [present participle]

Origin: Old English berstan from Germanic

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861593560​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

burst | bursts [plural] | brast [archaic, past tense] | bursten [rare, past participle] | bursting [present participle]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "burst"

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Collins Dictionary:

burst

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "burst"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/burst

Macmillan British Dictionary:

burst | bursting [present participle] | bursts [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "burst"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/burst

burst [countable, noun] | bursts [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "burst"

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

burst [verb] | bursting [present participle] | bursts [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "burst"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/burst

burst [countable, noun] | bursts [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "burst"

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Cambridge Dictionary:

burst [entry 1]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "burst"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "burst"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/burst 1

the Free Dictionary:

burst

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "burst"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "burst"

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Google Dictionary:

burst | bursts [plural] | bursting [present participle]

Audio: English pronunciation of "burst"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

burst

Audio: North American pronunciation of "burst"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=burst​001 word=burst

YourDictionary Audio:

burst

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "burst" by speech synthesizer

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freedictionary.org:

Burst

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