• WordNet 3.6
    • n burster a quantity of explosive to be set off at one time "this cartridge has a powder charge of 50 grains"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Burster bûrst"ẽr One that bursts.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n burster One who bursts; one who breaks in pieces.
    • n burster In mining, a blast-hole bored in solid coal not previously made ready for blasting by shearing or holing.
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In literature:

Hence they call foreigners papalangi, or 'heaven-bursters,' as having broken in from another world outside.
"Myths and Myth-Makers" by John Fiske
Over 1,000 of these weapons fired a bomb or shell carrying a burster exceeding 90 lbs.
"The Crisis of the Naval War" by John Rushworth Jellicoe
The "Screecher" was a little ahead; gradually the "Burster" closes.
"Lands of the Slave and the Free" by Henry A. Murray
These are known as Burglars, Bank Sneaks, Damper Sneaks, Safe-blowers, Safe-bursters, Safe-breakers, and Sneak Thieves.
"Lights and Shadows of New York Life" by James D. McCabe
Egg-burster: a projecting point on the head or other part of an embryo, used in breaking the shell when hatching.
"Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology" by John. B. Smith
We will listen to Harry as he described in his journal their experience with a southerly burster.
"The Land of the Kangaroo" by Thomas Wallace Knox
He found that they were the symbols of the Independent Order of Porters and Baggage Bursters.
"A Guest at the Ludlow and Other Stories" by Edgar Wilson (Bill) Nye

In poetry:

He asks if I know little Poll! Why, I nursed her
As often, I reckon as old Mother Brown
When they lived at the “Flats,” and old Sam
went a burster
In Chinaman's Gully, and dropped every crown.
"How Polly Paid For Her Keep" by Barcroft Henry Boake
I took them a burster, nor eased her nor nursed her
Until the Black Bullfinch led into the plough,
And through the strong bramble we bored with a scramble —
My cap was knock'd off by the hazel-tree bough.
"How We Beat The Favourite" by Adam Lindsay Gordon

In science:

Gamma Ray Bursters We indexed 84 papers an the GRB page, many associated with hot topics of a year or two ago, especially associations with Type Ic supernovae, progenitors of those of short duration, host galaxies, and models for fireballs, radiation mechanisms, jets and such.
Astrophysics in 2006
More recently, similar constraints on scalar extensions to General Relativity have been placed using the observation of redshifted lines from an X-ray burster and of quasi-periodic oscillations observed in accreting neutron stars .
Probes and Tests of Strong-Field Gravity with Observations in the Electromagnetic Spectrum
The measurements of a redshift of z = 0.35 from a burster and the astrophysical constraint of a baryonic mass of at least 1.4 M⊙ (dashed lines) result in a bound on the parameter β of −β < 9 .
Probes and Tests of Strong-Field Gravity with Observations in the Electromagnetic Spectrum
Graziani, C., Lamb, D.Q.: Likelihood methods and classical burster repetition.
Bayesian astrostatistics: a backward look to the future
The burst is unique in two ways: it is intrinsically sub-luminous, ∼ 0.02LE and more importantly, originates from a source whose quiescent luminosity is fainter than that of the known cluster bursters by three orders of magnitude.
An Unusual X-ray Burst from the Globular Cluster M28