When reading various strategies for Smite, I have encountered terms such as:
What exactly does "burst" mean?
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Burst characters are on the opposite end of the spectrum from sustained damage characters.
Look at Xbalanque. His damage tends to be linear over time. If you fight him for 5 seconds, let's say, he might do 1000 damage. If you fight him for 10 seconds, he'll do 2000 damage. He just deals damage at a constant (fast) rate for the duration of battle. He's a sustained damage character.
Burst characters, by contrast, deal tons of damage in a short time, but then have very little damage while all their skills cool down. For example, Scylla's ult and AoE explosion are the only real ways she has to deal damage. They deal a lot of damage, especially if she hits with both of them, but after she's used those abilities she has to run and hide and wait for her cooldowns before being useful in battle anymore. She deals lots of damage in short "bursts".