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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The Dodgers were able to get their third win in the past 20 preseason games at Angel Stadium thanks to a scoring outburst in the seventh. Dan Greenspan, The Seattle Times, "Calhoun stars early, but Dodgers drop Angels late 8-7," 25 Mar. 2019 Westbrook, who saved the Thunder's season with a 45-point outburst in Wednesday's Game 5, had 15 points and five rebounds at the half. Aj Neuharth-keusch, USA TODAY, "Russell Westbrook snaps at Jazz fan heading into halftime of Game 6," 28 Apr. 2018 The outburst came after Gomez was hit by a pitch on his hands while trying to bunt in the second inning, but was not awarded first base. Matthew Defranks, Sun-Sentinel.com, "A Closer Look: Miami Marlins 3, Tampa Bay Rays 0," 4 July 2018 Astros fans understood the sudden offensive outburst from Evan Gattis, and now, so does the rest of baseball. Hunter Atkins, Houston Chronicle, "Astros' Evan Gattis named American League Player of Week," 18 June 2018 He was not called for a technical for the outburst either. Andrew Joseph, For The Win, "A questionable call in LeBron's favor drew expletive-laced response from Jordan Bell," 4 June 2018 The offensive outburst also came with leading scorer Johnny Russell out of the lineup for the first time this season following a call-up to the Scottish national team. Todd Engle Special To The Star, kansascity, "Youngster's first MLS goal keys united Sporting KC attack vs. Minnesota," 3 June 2018 Prominent New York officials targeted the group after that outburst. Tim Elfrink, The Seattle Times, "The chairman of the far-right Proud Boys sat behind Trump at his latest speech," 19 Feb. 2019 Plus, the new fallout tonight from the Serena Williams U.S. Open outburst, next. Fox News, "Coast Guard commandant talks Florence rescue efforts," 14 Sep. 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 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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