eruption

noun
erup·​tion | \ i-ˈrəp-shən How to pronounce eruption (audio) \

Definition of eruption

1a : an act, process, or instance of erupting
b : the breaking out of a rash on the skin or mucous membrane
2 : a product of erupting (such as a skin rash)

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Examples of eruption in a Sentence

a great eruption of glee as it suddenly dawned on her that she had won the eruption of the volcano Krakatoa was one of the most violent in global history
Recent Examples on the Web But an ugly eruption of racist gibes against some of its young Black players was a reminder that not everyone glories in the diverse portrait of the country that this team reflects. New York Times, 12 July 2021 The volcano last erupted in 1979, and a previous eruption in 1902 killed some 1,600 people. Time, 11 Apr. 2021 An eruption of the 4,003-foot volcano in 1902 killed roughly 1,600 people. Kristen Deane, Anchorage Daily News, 11 Apr. 2021 Friday morning's eruption was the first by the La Soufrière volcano since April 1979, according to NEMO. Patrick Oppmann, CNN, 11 Apr. 2021 Elford Lewis, a 56-year-old farmer who evacuated his home on Sunday morning, said the ongoing eruption is worse than the last big one in 1979. Kristin Deane, chicagotribune.com, 11 Apr. 2021 The volcano last erupted 42 years ago and an eruption in 1902 killed about 1,600 people. Julia Musto, Fox News, 9 Apr. 2021 The volcano last erupted in 1979, and a previous eruption in 1902 killed some 1,600 people. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, 9 Apr. 2021 The volcano last erupted in 1979, and a previous eruption in 1902 killed some 1,600 people. BostonGlobe.com, 9 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of eruption

1555, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of eruption was in 1555

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11 Sep 2021

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“Eruption.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eruption. Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

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More Definitions for eruption

eruption

noun
erup·​tion | \ i-ˈrəp-shən How to pronounce eruption (audio) \

Kids Definition of eruption

1 : an instance of a volcano exploding
2 : the bursting out of material from a volcano
3 : the sudden occurrence or appearance of something

eruption

noun
erup·​tion | \ i-ˈrəp-shən How to pronounce eruption (audio) \

Medical Definition of eruption

1 : an act, process, or instance of erupting the eruption of the tooth from the gum specifically : the breaking out of an exanthem or enanthem on the skin or mucous membrane (as in measles)
2 : something produced by an act or process of erupting: as
a : the condition of the skin or mucous membrane caused by erupting
b : one of the lesions (as a pustule) constituting this condition

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