- to burst forth: Molten lava erupted from the top of the volcano.
- (of a volcano, geyser, etc.) to eject matter.
- to break out of a pent-up state, usually in a sudden and violent manner: Words of anger erupted from her.
- to break out in a skin rash: Hives erupted all over his face and hands.
- (of teeth) to grow through surrounding hard and soft tissues and become visible in the mouth.
- to release violently; burst forth with: She erupted angry words.
- (of a volcano, geyser, etc.) to eject (matter).
Origin of erupt
Examples from the Web for erupt
But when he goes over a line that it is ambiguously drawn, then we erupt with outrage.Phil Robertson’s Despicable AIDS Argument Should Be the Last Straw
September 16, 2014
The very mention of his part in Spice World causes the Brit to erupt in a violent fit of laughter.Dominic West Talks ‘The Wire’ Movie, Prince Harry, and Why He’s Opposed to Scottish Independence
September 16, 2014
Who would have expected a political furor to erupt around a single Nevada rancher?Cliven Bundy Is Angry—Just Like the Rest of Us
April 19, 2014
Being on the Temple Mount in 2005, the whole atmosphere felt extremely tense, as if chaos could erupt at any moment.Why Jews Should Be Allowed to Pray On the Temple Mount
June 25, 2013
Whereas war can erupt in a split second, creating the momentum and awareness for peace is hard work.The Arab Peace Initiative Makes Its Way to the Knesset
May 20, 2013
At the same moment the earth began to erupt fire and smoke and steel.A Yankee Flier Over Berlin
From beneath it, the potential troglodyte, that lurks in us all, is ready enough to erupt.The Paliser case
Shann drew his legs under him, ready to erupt into a counter-offensive.Storm Over Warlock
He is evidently preparing to erupt, which he does at intervals of several days.A Summer's Outing
Carter H. Harrison
It was immense, but it might erupt through a dozen forced openings.In the Name of Liberty
- to eject (steam, water, and volcanic material such as lava and ash) violently or (of volcanic material, etc) to be so ejected
- (intr) (of a skin blemish) to appear on the skin; break out
- (intr) (of a tooth) to emerge through the gum and become visible during the normal process of tooth development
- (intr) to burst forth suddenly and violently, as from restraintto erupt in anger
Word Origin and History for erupt
1650s, of diseases, etc., from Latin eruptus, past participle of erumpere "to break out, burst" (see eruption). Of volcanoes, from 1770. Related: Erupted; erupting.
- To break through the gums in developing. Used of teeth.
- To appear on the skin. Used of a rash or blemish.