outbreak – [ out-breyk ] – / ˈaʊtˌbreɪk / – Noun
- a sudden breaking out or occurrence; eruption: the outbreak of war.
- a sudden and active manifestation: an outbreak of hives.
- an outburst: an outbreak of temper.
- an insurrection, revolt, or mutiny. a public disturbance; riot.
WORDS RELATED TO OUTBREAK
crash, uprising, eruption, epidemic, surge, onset, disruption, flare-up, plague, storm, explosion, revolution, burst, fury, irruption, dawn, volley, convulsion, breaking, spasm
ORIGIN OF OUTBREAK
First recorded in 1595–1605; out- + break
EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR OUTBREAK
- But with the outbreak of hostilities in mid-2011, all festivities were thrust into the deep freeze.
- It was a traditional burial—the kind that the government is now battling—that led to the first outbreak.
- An outbreak in Madagascar, where the disease is endemic, already has involved more than 100 people and killed almost half.
- The current Madagascar outbreak is of particular concern for two reasons.
- The government report states the “outbreak [of beetles] is waning.”
- Kentucky attempted to remain neutral at the outbreak of the war.
- He resigned his commission at the outbreak of the Civil War, and entered the Confederate service.
- And in fact, when Henry V himself had ascended the throne, an outbreak did occur, in which these causes co-operated.
- This network of agreements existed until it was destroyed through the outbreak of the war.
- At the first outbreak, some petty street brawl, the native soldiers sounded the general alarm.