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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Get our daily newsletter More troubling than the jingoistic outbursts was the concerted economic pressure piled on the company. The Economist, "Cathay Pacific’s fate rattles multinationals in Hong Kong," 22 Aug. 2019 These outbursts are a force of nature, the collective fervor of ardent young people who cannot or will not learn from the past. Kyle Sammin, National Review, "A Socialist Predecessor of Ocasio-Cortez in Congress," 13 Aug. 2019 Racist outbursts are not new, though the ubiquity of cellphone cameras and social media has increased their visibility. Eli Rosenberg, Washington Post, "This week in racism and xenophobia: Three viral videos; three non-apologies," 26 July 2019 The fifth-inning outburst by the Rangers (44-36) was more than enough to hand the Tigers (26-49) their sixth straight loss. Dana Gauruder, Detroit Free Press, "Matthew Boyd wasn't perfect, so the Detroit Tigers lost again at home," 26 June 2019 Major League Baseball reportedly fined Bauer for the outburst. Jenna West, SI.com, "Report: Trevor Bauer Traded to Reds, Yasiel Puig to Indians in Three-Team Deal," 30 July 2019 Guardians shot Ofmatthew down after the outburst, and in the latest episode, June is confined to the unconscious woman's bedside for the duration of her pregnancy. Candice Frederick, Harper's BAZAAR, "Madeline Brewer Breaks Down Janine's Empowering New Handmaid's Tale Journey," 23 July 2019 The Cubs opened up a 5-1 lead in the third inning, but the Reds took the lead for good with a fourth-inning, six-run outburst, which included Bescher’s two-run triple. Mark Schmetzer, Cincinnati.com, "Top Cincinnati Reds games: No. 31 – Redland Field opened with 10-6 win over Chicago Cubs," 10 July 2019 June's outbursts, which occurred on the 1st, 7th, 12th, 15th, 19th, 23rd, and 28th, also smashed the record for the shortest interval between eruptions -- just over three days. Harmeet Kaur, CNN, "The Steamboat Geyser in Yellowstone National Park is approaching a record number of eruptions," 4 July 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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