Definitions for outbreakˈaʊtˌbreɪk

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

out•breakˈaʊtˌbreɪk(n.)

  1. a sudden occurrence; eruption:

    the outbreak of war.

  2. a sudden manifestation:

    an outbreak of hives.

  3. an outburst.

  4. an insurrection, revolt, or mutiny.

  5. a riot.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. outbreak, eruption, irruption(noun)

    a sudden violent spontaneous occurrence (usually of some undesirable condition)

    "the outbreak of hostilities"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. outbreak(noun)ˈaʊtˌbreɪk

    a time when many people in the same area get an illness

    an outbreak of the flu

Wiktionary

  1. outbreak(Noun)

    An eruption, sudden appearance

    Any epidemic outbreak causes understandable panic

  2. outbreak(Noun)

    A sudden increase.

    There has been an outbreak of vandalism at the school.

  3. outbreak(Noun)

    An outburst or sudden eruption, especially of violence and mischief.

    There has been an outbreak of broken windows in the street.

  4. outbreak(Noun)

    An uproar, riot

    Poorly trained officers can't control a prison outburst without excessive repression

  5. outbreak(Noun)

    A geological layer that breaks out

  6. outbreak(Verb)

    To burst out

  7. outbreak(Verb)

    To break forth

  8. Origin: From *, from utabrecan, equivalent to . Cognate with uitbreken, ausbrechen.

Freebase

  1. Outbreak

    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.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'outbreak' in Nouns Frequency: #2719


Translations for outbreak

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

outbreak(noun)

a sudden beginning (usually of something unpleasant)

the outbreak of war.

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