Definition of outburst in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈoutˌbərst/


1A sudden release of strong emotion: “she screamed at him about it one day,” said one source who witnessed the outburst
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  • They note that she is frequently sad or tearful, that she often becomes agitated, that she has periodic emotional and angry outbursts.
  • The timing is right too, with slow lulls of discomfort interspersed with violent outbursts of emotion.
  • Stormy scenes and emotional outbursts at work or at home are defused due to your meditative attitude and calming influence.
1.1A sudden outbreak of a particular activity: a wild outburst of applause
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  • Branding and anti-branding represent an outburst of unconscious displacement activity.
  • Comets are prone to outbursts of activity like this, but the exact reasons for the activity are not well understood, according to the European Space Agency.
  • A fresh outburst of applause burst out from the assembled ranks of friends and family, followed by the Instructors' similar action.
1.2A volcanic eruption.
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  • Replete with special effects, it produced the striking impression of a continuous stream of lava and sporadic outbursts from the crater, accompanied by thunderous blasts of eruptions.
  • Volcanic activity and outbursts of undersea gases are the prime suspects for these periods of lethal pollution.
1.3 Physics A sudden emission of energy or particles: a very dramatic outburst of neutrons
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  • However, these stars had never been observed to emit outbursts of gamma rays.
  • Both magnetars are part of the small group of objects called soft gamma-ray repeaters, because they repeatedly experience much weaker outbursts of gamma rays.
  • These objects are now known to be neutron stars, the collapsed cores of massive stars that have ended their lives in vast outbursts known as supernova explosions.

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Syllabification: out·burst

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