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BERSTAN

  • verb [ strong ]
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BERSTAN, part. berstende; ic berste, ðú birst, he birsteþ, biersteþ, birst, byrst, bierst, pl. berstaþ; p. ic, he bærst, ðú burste, pl. burston; pp. borsten.
Wright's OE grammar
§66; §85; §280; §476; §502;
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BURST, break, fail, fall; cum fragore dissilire, corruere, rumpi, frangi
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  • Heofonas berstaþ

    the heavens burst,

      Exon. 21 b; Th. 58, 10; Cri. 933.
  • Burston bán-locan

    the bone-inclosures burst,

      Beo. Th. 1640; B. 818.
  • Wǽgas burston

    the waves broke,

      Cd. 167; Th. 208, 15; Exod. 483.
  • Ðá burston ða weallas

    muri illico corruerunt,

      Jos. 6, 20 : Ors. 1, 7; Bos. 29, 38.
  • Gif him áþ burste

    if an oath failed them,

      L. Ed. 3; Th. i. 160, 20.
to make the noise of a bursting or
breaking, to crash, dash, crack; fragorem edere, sonare, crepare
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  • Brim berstende blód-egesan hweóp

    the dashing sea threatened bloody horrors,

      Cd. 166; Th. 208, 2; Exod. 477.
  • Fingras burston

    his fingers cracked,

      Beo. Th. 1525; B. 760.
Etymology
[Laym. bersten : Wyc. berste, breste : Plat. barsten : O. Sax. brestan : O. Frs. bersta : Dut. Ger. bersten : M. H. Ger- bresten : O. H. Ger. brestan : Dan. bröste : Swed. brista : O. Nrs. bresta.]
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v.  bærst.
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