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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Another Czech winger Matej Pekar, chosen 94th overall last season (17 picks after Lauko) connected twice in a three-goal outburst in the middle period when Buffalo moved out to a 4-1 lead. Kevin Paul Dupont, BostonGlobe.com, "Jakub Lauko aiming to continue his transition to hockey in North America," 7 Sep. 2019 Murphy answered with Rae’Shun Kidd-Bryant;s 8-yard touchdown run to start the fourth quarter to start a 19-point outburst. Al.com Reports, al, "Mobile HS football: Murphy rallies to beat Fairhope, Williamson wins in return to Ladd," 7 Sep. 2019 His services were not required in a 5-2 victory over the Texas Rangers that featured another superb start by Andrew Heaney and a four-run seventh-inning outburst by a lineup that mustered one single in the first six innings. Mike Digiovanna, Los Angeles Times, "Andrew Heaney continues his dominance over Rangers in Angels’ victory," 27 Aug. 2019 Smith, a senior who also plays linebacker, capped a 21-point second-quarter outburst with his two scores. orlandosentinel.com, "Seminole overpowers Oviedo in football exhibition," 16 Aug. 2019 The Giants took the lead initially with a four-run outburst in an ugly first inning for Colorado. Kyle Newman, The Denver Post, "Carlos Estevez sparks Colorado’s latest bullpen implosion, negates comeback by fading Rockies in loss to Giants," 3 Aug. 2019 Pitching overshadowed a second consecutive offensive outburst. Hunter Atkins, Houston Chronicle, "Astros pitchers toss combined no-hitter against Mariners," 3 Aug. 2019 Mayfield was stymied by Williams, who confused him with different looks in the game and held the Browns to two field goals on their first two drives and 16 points until that Beckham outburst. Mary Kay Cabot, cleveland.com, "Browns overpower Jets, 23-3, as Odell Beckham and Myles Garrett get revenge on Gregg Williams," 17 Sep. 2019 Aside from Donovan Mitchell's 29-point outburst vs. France, the previous single-game scoring high for any U.S. player at this World Cup was Jaylen Brown's 20-point game against Japan. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "Behind Team USA's debacle: Five reasons U.S. national team faltered," 11 Sep. 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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