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
Recent Examples on the Web The outburst was transmitted by video link from London, where Sharif, 70, is living on a medical release from prison in Pakistan. Washington Post, "Breaking an old taboo, Pakistan begins to reckon with its powerful military," 22 Oct. 2020 Three days after a Sports Illustrated article brought the Taubman outburst to light, the Astros fired Taubman. James Wagner, New York Times, "‘They Just Get It’: How Women in M.L.B. Found Support in a Group Text," 19 Oct. 2020 Somewhere between emotional outburst and speech probably. Matt Kawahara, SFChronicle.com, "A’s Ramón Laureano on Game 3 rallying cry: ‘Somebody needed to say something’," 8 Oct. 2020 Sources told different media outlets on Tuesday that Caputo apologized for the outburst in a meeting with staff and might be taking medical leave soon. Haley Victory Smith, Washington Examiner, "Top HHS spokesman Michael Caputo taking leave of absence after social media tirade against scientists," 16 Sep. 2020 Javean Griffin started the first-quarter outburst with an 11-yard run just 30 seconds into the game. Al.com Reports, al, "Huntsville roundup: Florence, Athens, Cullman post shutout victories," 12 Sep. 2020 Taubman's outburst was a dig at reporters who were critical of the team’s trade for Roberto Osuna while the closer was serving a suspension for domestic violence. Matt Young, Chron, "What we learned from 'The Edge' - a six-part podcast about Astros cheating scandal," 11 Nov. 2020 When Trump first attacked Carrier in 2016, workers here got nervous about what his outburst might mean for them. David J. Lynch, Washington Post, "Trump’s Carrier deal fades as economic reality intervenes," 26 Oct. 2020 In Game Two, the Rays—whose entire payroll this season is less than what Kershaw made alone—rode their own offensive outburst to a 6–4 win. Louisa Thomas, The New Yorker, "In a Wild World Series, Clayton Kershaw Gets to Write Another Chapter," 25 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of outburst

1657, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Outburst.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outburst. Accessed 5 Dec. 2020.

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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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