Definition of erupt
1a (1) : to burst from limits or restraint (2) of a tooth : to emerge through the gumb : to force out or release suddenly and often violently something (such as lava or steam) that is pent upc : to become active or violent especially suddenly : break forth war could erupt at any moment the audience erupted in applause
2 : to break out with or as if with a skin eruption
: to force out or release usually suddenly and violently a volcano erupting lava and ash
eruptibleplay \i-ˈrəp-tə-bəl\ adjective
eruptiveplay \i-ˈrəp-tiv\ adjective
Examples of erupt in a sentence
The volcano erupted with tremendous force.
A bitter dispute has erupted among the members of the team.
Origin and Etymology of erupt
Latin eruptus, past participle of erumpere to burst forth, from e- + rumpere to break — more at reave
First Known Use: 1657
ERUPT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of erupt for English Language Learners
: 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
ERUPT Defined for Kids
Definition of erupt for Students
1 : to send out lava, rocks, and ash in a sudden explosion The volcano erupted.
2 : to burst out in a sudden explosion Lava erupted from the volcano.
3 : to happen, begin, or appear suddenly War erupted. A rash erupted on my skin.
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