Does a head burst or break?

Hi

Could you please tell me if a flying stone bursts a child’s head or breaks–I mean, which word should I use? Which ones do you find correct and natural?

Many thanks

Tom

If a child throws a small stone at me which hits me on the forehead causing the skin to break open (with a loss of blood), how should I describe this?

Tom

Does a head burst or break?

A head would break, not burst.

A blood vessel would burst.

Englishmajor

I would say fractured his skull or the stone broke his skull, if what you are describing is internal. Forehead is external and head sounds external so I would say he had his head split open or cut. To have your head broken or bashed in sounds more like idioms (as in “I’m going to break/bash in some heads”) and fractured sounds more technical, although it is very common. -Belles