What does erupt mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. erupt, break outverb

    start abruptly

    "After 1989, peace broke out in the former East Bloc"

  2. erupt, irrupt, flare up, flare, break open, burst outverb

    erupt or intensify suddenly

    "Unrest erupted in the country"; "Tempers flared at the meeting"; "The crowd irrupted into a burst of patriotism"

  3. erupt, ignite, catch fire, take fire, combust, conflagrateverb

    start to burn or burst into flames

    "Marsh gases ignited suddenly"; "The oily rags combusted spontaneously"

  4. erupt, come out, break through, push throughverb

    break out

    "The tooth erupted and had to be extracted"

  5. erupt, belch, extravasateverb

    become active and spew forth lava and rocks

    "Vesuvius erupts once in a while"

  6. break, burst, eruptverb

    force out or release suddenly and often violently something pent up

    "break into tears"; "erupt in anger"

  7. eruptverb

    appear on the skin

    "A rash erupted on her arms after she had touched the exotic plant"

  8. erupt, recrudesce, break outverb

    become raw or open

    "He broke out in hives"; "My skin breaks out when I eat strawberries"; "Such boils tend to recrudesce"


  1. eruptverb

    To eject something, esp. lava, water, etc., as a volcano or geyser; as, when Mount Saint Helens erupted, some people were taken by surprise.

  2. eruptverb

    To burst forth; to break out, as ashes from a volcano, teeth through the gums, etc.; as, the third molar erupts late in most people, and in some persons does not occur at all.


  1. eruptverb

    to violently eject

    the volcano erupted, spewing lava across a wide area

  2. eruptverb

    to spontaneously release pressure or tension

    the crowd erupted in anger


  1. erupt

    An eruption most commonly relates to volcanoes, see types of volcanic eruptions.


  1. erupt

    Erupt generally refers to suddenly release or explode with force and loudly, or become dramatically apparent or active. This can apply to a variety of contexts such as a volcano releasing lava, a sudden outbreak of a disease, strong emotions breaking out uncontrollably, or a sudden violent event taking place.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Eruptverb

    to cause to burst forth; to eject; as, to erupt lava

  2. Etymology: [See eruption.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Erupt

    e-rupt′, v.i. to break out or through, as a volcano.—n. Erup′tion, a breaking or bursting forth: that which bursts forth: a breaking out of spots on the skin.—adjs. Erup′tional; Erupt′ive, breaking forth: attended by or producing eruption: produced by eruption.—n. Erupt′iveness. [L. erumpĕre, eruptum.—e, out, rumpĕre, to break.]

Anagrams for erupt »

  1. 'puter

  2. Puter

  3. puter

  4. Putre

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of erupt in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of erupt in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of erupt in a Sentence

  1. Ryan Zeigler:

    If you want to understand how the volcanoes on Earth are going to erupt and in what timescale they're going to erupt on, studying rocks from other planets will help you actually learn about that more.

  2. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter:

    It's probably the single place on the world -- in the world -- where war could erupt at the snap of our fingers.

  3. Eldridge Cleaver:

    Americans think of themselves collectively as a huge rescue squad on twenty-four-hour call to any spot on the globe where dispute and conflict may erupt.

  4. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter:

    We need to make sure that the North Koreans always understand that any provocation with them will be dealt with and that they stand no chance of defeating us and our allies in South Korea, it's probably the single place on the world -- in the world -- where war could erupt at the snap of our fingers.

  5. Yossi Peled:

    We are heading toward a new confrontation in the north but I don't know when it will happen, just as we did not know when the second Lebanon war would erupt, although Hezbollah is part of the Lebanese government, the latter has no influence on it.

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    a symptom of reduced quality or strength
    • A. perusal
    • B. contribution
    • C. deterioration
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