outburst

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noun out·burst \ˈau̇t-ˌbərst\

Definition of outburst

  1. 1 :  a violent expression of feeling an outburst of anger

  2. 2 :  a surge of activity or growth new outbursts of creative power — C. E. Montague

  3. 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

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OUTBURST Defined for English Language Learners

outburst

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Definition of outburst for English Language Learners

  • : a sudden expression of strong feeling

  • : a sudden increase in activity


OUTBURST Defined for Kids

outburst

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noun out·burst \ˈau̇t-ˌbərst\

Definition of outburst for Students

  1. 1 :  a sudden expression of strong feeling an angry outburst

  2. 2 :  a sudden increase of activity or growth



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