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These are some lyrics to a song:

陽炎ゆらめいて

追憶の彼方に見た

うたかたの夢はぜ

火の粉は大空へ舞う

And this is supposed to be the translation:

After heat haze flickers.

It was seen in the other side of the reminiscence.

Transient dream explosion.

A spark is danced to the sky.

I'm having trouble with the third line, specifically with 「はぜ」. The dictionary translates it as gobby (fish)/wax tree/drying rice on a rack, and obviously none of these make any sense given the context of the song as well as the suggested translation. Outside of these meanings and the song itself, I couldn't find any reference to 「はぜ」 at all. Could it be just a typo, or am I missing something here?

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  • Is the translation offered your own or someone else's and if so what language was it originally in?
    – virmaior
    Commented Mar 3, 2018 at 23:50
  • The translation was provided by an anonymous person in the comments to the song, ostensibly a native Japanese speaker. It was originally in English, but they are not fluent. I left the translation as-is in hopes of it making some sense to other native speakers. It's the only translation I could find, and the rest of the song was translated pretty well so I thought it would be a good starting point.
    – Nikujin
    Commented Mar 4, 2018 at 0:01

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It is no typo; It is an existing verb.

「はぜ」 is the 連用形{れんようけい} ("continuative form") of the verb 「はぜる」, which means "to pop", "to burst open", etc.

When corn kernels はぜる, it is called "popcorn".

So, the line means:

"The fleeting dream bursts open (and)"

A similar-sounding synonym of 「はぜる」 is 「はじける」, which you might actually see/hear more often. Both are originally Japanese words as, I hope, you can tell from the sounds.

In case you are more of a fan of big Sino-loanwords, 「破裂{はれつ}する」 would be a synonym as well.

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