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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
owt′brāk, n. a breaking out: eruption: a disturbance of the peace.—v.i. Outbreak′, to burst forth.—ns. Out′breaker, a wave which breaks on the shore or on rocks; Out′breaking.
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'outbreak' in Nouns Frequency: #2719
breakout, break out
The numerical value of outbreak in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of outbreak in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
We do consider this an outbreak, when we have two or more hepatitis C-related infections, we consider it an outbreak.
We were at 25 cases when the semester ended in the middle of May. We thought the outbreak would be over as we have seen in other outbreaks, that when students leave the outbreak is over.
For instance, after the Ebola outbreak, the aid community was shocked at the relatively low response from private donors in proportion to the amount of media coverage given to the outbreak, by pioneering new ways to convey the very real messages of urgency and need, we can reinforce donor response and encourage a new demographic of donors and advocates to engage.
The particular question is, what was responsible? Actually what pathogen, what bacteria formed the Great Plague outbreak in the 17th century? it doesn't seem to come back, so something changed in the way people were living. People say the Great Fire of London in 1666 had something to do with the ending of Great Plague events, but through the scientific studies we can do these days on DNA from samples of these skeletons, we might be able to tell what pathogen is responsible for that outbreak and perhaps why it stopped.
Even after the brain is formed, there are some problems that happen, there’s atrophy, there’s damage, even later in pregnancy. So just because someone’s reached the second trimester, it does n’t mean that there could n’t be a problem if they were to contract Zika. ’’ That type of damage can take several weeks to become apparent in prenatal testing. By the time some women learn what Zika has done to the fetuses they are carrying, their access to legal abortion could be blocked in most states. The telephone poll of 1,016 adults was conducted July 20 to 24, during the week when Florida announced it had discovered two people who hadpossibly contracted Zika locally, most likely through the bite of an infected mosquito. Since then, the number of cases in the Florida outbreak — believed to be centered in a one-square mile area just north of downtown Miami — hasswelled to 15. The poll — which had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.6 percentage points — also found that only 44 percent of Americans realized the Zika funding stalemate has not yet been resolved. Lawmakers left Washington last month after Senate Democratswould n’t back a dealnegotiated by House and Senate Republicans that included provisions affecting Planned Parenthood and the Affordable Care Act. Of people who were aware that Congress has not yet provided Zika funding, 55 percent said not passing the legislation is a problem. More blamed the Republicans than the Democrats for the continued impasse — 42 percent said it was the Republicans ’ fault, compared with 22 percent who faulted the Democrats. Seventeen percent said both parties are equally to blame. The apportionment of blame generally followed party lines. About one-fourth of those polled said funding Zika response efforts should be a top priority for the federal budget, nearly half said it was important but not a top priority, and 20 percent said it was not that important. The poll also showed that in the third week of July, barely half of Americans — 52 percent — felt Zika posed a public health threat in this country. And only 22 percent felt that it was a major threat. But it is not known whether the growing outbreak in Florida has changed opinions on that question.
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