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

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 There’s obviously many more that could be shown from a 43-point outburst in the 3rd quarter of that game. The Salt Lake Tribune, 16 Jan. 2022 The disgraced singer himself has the right to take the stand in his own defense, though that seems unlikely and inadvisable given that his last public statements in an interview with Gayle King led to a tempestuous, now-infamous outburst. Jason Meisner, chicagotribune.com, 17 Sep. 2021 The offensive outburst, which came midway through the first half, proved to be all that Phoenix Rising (11-2-2) needed in a 3-1 win. Theo Mackie, The Arizona Republic, 31 July 2021 The big offensive outburst made for an easy night for New York starter Jameson Taillon. Tim Booth, Star Tribune, 7 July 2021 Yet Cruise’s outburst is also indicative of how film sets have become pressure cookers during the pandemic. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, 18 Dec. 2020 Outside of a 41-point outburst against the Bengals in Week 9, the team has averaged just 12 points in their other four games following their 47-42 loss to the Chargers in Week 5. Dan Labbe, cleveland, 17 Nov. 2021 Now 4-2 overall and 2-0 in Palomar League play, the Broncos had Sladack run 40 yards for a touchdown and throw an 11-yard TD pass to Chris Tanner as a 33-yard outburst in the second quarter put the hosts ahead to stay. Terry Monahan, San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 Oct. 2021 Beyond that, Escobar also has made some costly errors at third base, including one that led to a four-run outburst in the second inning Wednesday night during a 10-2 whipping by St. Louis. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 24 Sep. 2021

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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 19 Jan. 2022.

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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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