out·​burst | \ ˈau̇t-ˌbərst How to pronounce outburst (audio) \

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

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Examples of outburst in a Sentence

the judge directed the courtroom spectators to refrain from any outbursts when the verdict was read there was a remarkable outburst of work in the office as the visiting VIPs made their tour

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Its colorful Creole architecture, random outbursts of jazz and beignet cafes are distinct reminders that there is no other destination like the Big Easy. Laura Randall, Washington Post, "If you need an alternative to French Quarter cocktails and food, try this museum," 3 July 2019 Domestic violence will get you into trouble, but other outbursts of violence are survivable. Lionel Shriver, Harper's magazine, "Cruel and Unusual Punishment," 10 Feb. 2019 The outburst of violence caught authorities off guard and raised the stakes for Mr. Macron’s plans to push through economic overhauls. Matthew Dalton, WSJ, "Paris Rioting Puts Macron’s Economic Overhaul to the Test," 2 Dec. 2018 Come the ’60s, jazz was trying to pull away from Earth entirely with the spiritual outbursts of the free movement, before crash landing the following decade in stadiums and the occasional pop chart with fusion. Alex Heigl, PEOPLE.com, "Jazz Legend Sonny Rollins Can No Longer Play His Horn, But He's Still Searching for His Sound," 27 Mar. 2018 Each episode features two people, one with autism, the other Tourette syndrome, a neurological condition marked by spontaneous physical and verbal outbursts called tics. Caryn M. Sullivan, Twin Cities, "Caryn M. Sullivan: For would-be employees and amenable employers, opportunity for a happy dance," 23 June 2019 Edelstein was prone to outbursts with other employees and had poor time management, Stephens said in court documents. Keith Bierygolick, Cincinnati.com, "‘I thought about killing myself’: Magistrate fired by judge claims religious discrimination," 13 June 2019 However, there were flashes of Evans’ potential: a 24-point, five-assist gem against the Stockton Kings; an 18-point gem against the Salt Lake City Stars; an 18-point, four-assist outburst against the Memphis Hustle. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, "Why the Warriors aren’t discouraged by Jacob Evans’ rookie season," 10 June 2019 However, more powerful solar outbursts can give birth to geomagnetic storms that wreak havoc in Earth’s magnetic bubble, potentially delivering serious damage to the planet’s electrical infrastructure. National Geographic, "Solar storms can be even worse if you live near certain rocks," 18 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of outburst

1657, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of outburst

: a sudden expression of strong feeling
: a sudden increase in activity


out·​burst | \ ˈau̇t-ˌbərst How to pronounce outburst (audio) \

Kids Definition of outburst

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

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