outburst

noun out·burst \ ˈau̇t-ˌbərst \

Definition of outburst

1 :a violent expression of feeling
  • an outburst of anger
2 :a surge of activity or growth
  • new outbursts of creative power
  • —C. E. Montague
3 :eruption
  • volcanic outbursts

Examples of outburst in a Sentence

  1. the judge directed the courtroom spectators to refrain from any outbursts when the verdict was read

  2. there was a remarkable outburst of work in the office as the visiting VIPs made their tour

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First Known Use of outburst

1657


OUTBURST Defined for English Language Learners

outburst

noun

Definition of outburst for English Language Learners

  • : a sudden expression of strong feeling

  • : a sudden increase in activity


OUTBURST Defined for Kids

outburst

noun out·burst \ ˈau̇t-ˌbərst \

Definition of outburst for Students

1 :a sudden expression of strong feeling an angry outburst
2 :a sudden increase of activity or growth


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