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

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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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Photo: Rodrigo Abd/Associated Press In Tijuana, a city largely created by immigrants and historically sympathetic to them, the sudden influx of migrants has led to rare outbursts of xenophobic anger. Juan Montes, WSJ, "Caravan’s Stymied Passage Leaves Migrant Issue Boiling," 28 Dec. 2018 In other moments, Connolly doffs his cap to GoodFellas, sudden outbursts of grisly violence set to popular music. Gary Thompson, Philly.com, "'Gotti': John Travolta's new one will remind you of other, better mob movies," 14 June 2018 His outburst is a far cry from his usual happy-go-lucky demeanor. Eileen Reslen, Good Housekeeping, "The Important Things You Missed During 'This Is Us' Last Night," 3 Oct. 2018 His scoring outburst led to Kevin Durant posting on his Instagram account that some team needs to sign Blakeney for the season and end his summer league play. K.c. Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Bulls defeat Mavericks, advance to NBA Summer League winners bracket," 11 July 2018 The junior was named Final Four Most Oustanding Player after his 31-point outburst in the National Championship game helped Villanova capture its second national title in three years. Ben Ladner, SI.com, "Bucks Select Donte DiVincenzo With No. 17 Pick in 2018 NBA Draft," 21 June 2018 Perhaps after his outburst Tuesday night at Minute Maid Park, the Astros should think about putting him down. Stefan Stevenson, star-telegram, "Astros' Ken Giles tries to punch his own lights out | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 2 May 2018 In both cases, the women and their outbursts are ignored. Alexis Burling, San Francisco Chronicle, "‘The Mars Room,’ by Rachel Kushner," 27 Apr. 2018 What makes this play work are its outbursts, not its smooth continuity. Christopher Arnott, courant.com, "Fun-Loving, Dramatic Drag Play 'Georgia McBride' Dressed To Impress At TheaterWorks," 23 Mar. 2018

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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 \

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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