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outburst

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Pronunciation: /ˈaʊtbəːst
 
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Definition of outburst in English:

noun

1A sudden release of strong emotion: an angry outburst from the prime minister
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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 occurrence 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.
Synonyms
eruption, explosion, burst, outbreak, flare-up, blow-up, blaze, attack, fit, spasm, paroxysm, access, rush, gale, flood, storm, hurricane, torrent, outpouring, surge, upsurge, spurt, effusion, outflow, outflowing, welling up
informal splurt
1.2 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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