Definitions for outbreakˈaʊtˌbreɪk
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outbreak, eruption, irruption(noun)
a sudden violent spontaneous occurrence (usually of some undesirable condition)
"the outbreak of hostilities"
A sudden beginning of a violent event; as, the outbreak of hostilities between ethnic groups.
A sudden occurrence or manifestation; -- usually of disease or emotion, in one person or a group; as, an outbreak of measles among the students; he had an outbreak of shingles; an outbreak of nervousness in the mob.
An eruption, sudden appearance
Any epidemic outbreak causes understandable panic
A sudden increase.
There has been an outbreak of vandalism at the school.
An outburst or sudden eruption, especially of violence and mischief.
There has been an outbreak of broken windows in the street.
An uproar, riot
Poorly trained officers can't control a prison outburst without excessive repression
A geological layer that breaks out
To burst out
To break forth
Origin: From *, from utabrecan, equivalent to . Cognate with uitbreken, ausbrechen.
Outbreak is a term used in epidemiology to describe an occurrence of disease greater than would otherwise be expected at a particular time and place. It may affect a small and localized group or impact upon thousands of people across an entire continent. Two linked cases of a rare infectious disease may be sufficient to constitute an outbreak. Outbreaks may also refer to epidemics, which affect a region in a country or a group of countries, or pandemics, which describe global disease outbreaks.
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breakout, break out
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