What does outbreak mean?

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ˈaʊtˌbreɪkout·break

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. outbreak, eruption, irruptionnoun

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

    "the outbreak of hostilities"

GCIDE

  1. outbreaknoun

    A sudden beginning of a violent event; as, the outbreak of hostilities between ethnic groups.

  2. outbreaknoun

    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.

Wiktionary

  1. outbreaknoun

    An eruption, sudden appearance

    Any epidemic outbreak causes understandable panic

  2. outbreaknoun

    A sudden increase.

    There has been an outbreak of vandalism at the school.

  3. outbreaknoun

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

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

  4. outbreaknoun

    An uproar, riot

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

  5. outbreaknoun

    A geological layer that breaks out

  6. outbreakverb

    To burst out

  7. outbreakverb

    To break forth

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Outbreaknoun

    That which breaks forth; eruption.

    Etymology: out and break.

    Breathe his faults so quaintly,
    That they may seem the taints of liberty,
    The flash and outbreak of a fiery mind. William Shakespeare.

Wikipedia

  1. Outbreak

    In epidemiology, an outbreak is a sudden increase in occurrences of a disease in a particular time and place. It may affect a small and localized group or impact upon thousands of people across an entire continent. Four linked cases of a rare infectious disease may be sufficient to constitute an outbreak. Outbreaks include epidemics, which term is normally only used for infectious diseases, as well as diseases with an environmental origin, such as a water or foodborne disease. They may affect a region in a country or a group of countries. Pandemics are near-global disease outbreaks when multiple countries across the world are infected.

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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Outbreak

    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.

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  1. Nouns Frequency

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

Anagrams for outbreak »

  1. kabouter

  2. breakout, break out

  3. Break out

  4. Breakout

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of outbreak in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of outbreak in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of outbreak in a Sentence

  1. Jonathan Ball:

    The fact that only one of 50 contacts of the initial monkeypox-infected patient has been infected shows how poorly infectious the virus is, it is wrong to think that we are on the brink of a nationwide outbreak.

  2. Jeffrey Duchin:

    We expect a large scale outbreak in weeks.

  3. Larry Brilliant:

    The thing we did not see coming was not the virus. We didn't see the total absence of the federal government leadership that we have become accustomed to in every other outbreak, we know what to do.

  4. The CDC:

    The investigation has not conclusively identified the source of this outbreak, but most ill people interviewed reported eating soft cheese before becoming ill. The investigation is ongoing.

  5. Ben Cowling:

    For this outbreak, I think they'll be down to zero fairly soon, but it does illustrate the risks of Covid still in a zero Covid strategy, this won't be the last outbreak -- there will be more outbreaks in the months to come.

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