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.

Nearby words

  1. outboard profile,
  2. outbond,
  3. outbound,
  4. outbox,
  5. outbrave,
  6. outbreed,
  7. outbreeding,
  8. outbuilding,
  9. outburst,
  10. outcast

Origin of outbreak

First recorded in 1595–1605; out- + break

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British Dictionary definitions for outbreak

outbreak

/ (ˈaʊtˌbreɪk) /

noun

a sudden, violent, or spontaneous occurrence, esp of disease or strife
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Word Origin and History for outbreak

outbreak

n.

"eruption" (of disease, hostilities, etc.), c.1600, from out + break (v.). Outbreak was a verb in Middle English (c.1300).

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