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

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Burton-Johnson tells Metcalfe that in most cases the steam and superheated gases that power volcanic eruptions isn’t enough to keep rock molten at the surface. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Rare Lava Lake Found on Top of Sub-Antarctic Volcano," 8 July 2019 Yet the potential for new eruptions is never far away. Isabel Kershner, New York Times, "West Bank Grows Calmer as Pocketbook Issues Take Priority Over Protests," 8 July 2019 Social-media eruptions have overshadowed issues that deserve attention, including the performances by some of the Americans’ 11 World Cup first-timers. Helene Elliott, latimes.com, "Women’s World Cup: U.S. ignoring its critics as it focuses on title," 6 July 2019 Mayor Marco Giorgianni told the news agency ANSA on Thursday that about 100 people evacuated the island after a violent eruption sent glowing lapilli and lava spewing into the air, setting off a series of blazes. Washington Post, "Italy firefighters douse fires on Stromboli after eruptions," 5 July 2019 Tracking unprecedented levels of radiation, the devices would click uncontrollably the deeper scientists and staffers waded towards the nuclear eruption. Jake Fischer, SI.com, "Zion Williamson Creates Raucous Atmosphere in Summer League Debut," 5 July 2019 The unexpected eruption started fires on the western side of the small Mediterranean island, which lies north of Sicily, off the toe of Italy. NBC News, "Volcano erupts on Italian island of Stromboli, killing one person," 4 July 2019 Scientists don’t think these eruptions are ongoing, and most of the lava likely burst free between three and four billion years ago. National Geographic, "Why does Earth have a moon, and how does it affect our planet?," 3 July 2019 The unexpected eruption started fires on the western side of the small Mediterranean island. Elinor Aspegren, USA TODAY, "Volcano on small Italian island of Stromboli unexpectedly erupts, killing one," 3 July 2019

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First Known Use of eruption

1555, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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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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