erupt verb \i-ˈrəpt\
: to send out rocks, ash, lava, etc., in a sudden explosion; also : to come out in a sudden explosion
: to happen or begin suddenly and violently
: to begin doing something (such as shouting or applauding) suddenly
a (1) : to burst from limits or restraint (2) of a tooth : to emerge through the gum
b : to force out or release suddenly and often violently something (as lava or steam) that is pent up
c : to become active or violent especially suddenly : break forth <war could erupt at any moment> <the audience erupted in applause>
: to break out with or as if with a skin eruption
Examples of ERUPT
- The volcano erupted with tremendous force.
- A bitter dispute has erupted among the members of the team.
Origin of ERUPT
past participle of erumpere
to burst forth, from e-
to break — more at reave
First Known Use: 1657
erupt intransitive verb \i-ˈrəpt\ (Medical Dictionary)
of a tooth : to emerge through the gum
: to break out (as with a skin eruption)
—erup·tive \-tiv\ adjective
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