Meaning of outburst in English:


Pronunciation /ˈaʊtbəːst/

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  • 1A sudden release of strong emotion.

    ‘an angry outburst from the prime minister’
    • ‘They note that she is frequently sad or tearful, that she often becomes agitated, that she has periodic emotional and angry outbursts.’
    • ‘The timing is right too, with slow lulls of discomfort interspersed with violent outbursts of emotion.’
    • ‘Stormy scenes and emotional outbursts at work or at home are defused due to your meditative attitude and calming influence.’
    • ‘Frontal lobe damage causes severe personality changes and sudden emotional outbursts.’
    • ‘There's evidence to suggest that temper tantrums, other emotional outbursts, and grunts and groans aren't a natural part of adolescence, but are actually an accentuation of a young person's personality.’
    • ‘If you occasionally reward a behaviour you want to decrease rather than increase (for example, angry outbursts, tantrums) you will strengthen the behaviour by mistake.’
    • ‘He also is undecided on his emotions, chopping and changing between angry violent outbursts and whiny emotional pleas.’
    • ‘I get ready to deliver an adult to teen sermon, but his sudden outburst forces me to think.’
    • ‘There are no big dramatic outbursts between the two of them, but there's still plenty of sexual tension to be had.’
    • ‘Both the radical design and the seeming blasphemy of the work provoked a dramatic outburst and scandal that made his name.’
    • ‘There suddenly erupted an outburst of noise that didn't emanate from an audio system, although it echoed the same aggressive sentiments.’
    • ‘There was a moment of silence, and then an outburst of chaotic noise from the crowd standing there.’
    • ‘Very often a death in the family or the breakdown of a marriage triggers the violent outbursts and the dramatic changes in personality.’
    • ‘Earlier, in a dramatic outburst, he claimed he was not getting a fair hearing after being refused permission to call a witness.’
    • ‘The sitting held was at a hotel auditorium in the city, where Commission members listened over tea and biscuits to passionate outbursts on violence against animals.’
    • ‘Even his intimate friends in the literary circuit dread the occasional outbursts which reflect his cynical humour and contempt for hypocrites.’
    • ‘There are grimaces and tears and shrieking outbursts.’
    • ‘The force of the outburst arrested the whole dining room.’
    • ‘This sounds like quite an outburst, but it's funny when she says it.’
    • ‘I had some outburst and started screaming at everyone, and then I drove off.’
    1. 1.1A sudden occurrence of a particular activity.
      ‘a wild outburst of applause’
      • ‘Branding and anti-branding represent an outburst of unconscious displacement activity.’
      • ‘Comets are prone to outbursts of activity like this, but the exact reasons for the activity are not well understood, according to the European Space Agency.’
      • ‘A fresh outburst of applause burst out from the assembled ranks of friends and family, followed by the Instructors' similar action.’
      • ‘He argues that not only are the wild outbursts of speculation that characterize an investment bubble totally unpredictable, but unstoppable as well.’
      • ‘The student outburst of activism in the 1960s emerged out of a lack of an ideological opposite to western liberal democracy.’
      • ‘When that bus reached Port-of-Spain there was a spontaneous outburst of applause from all the passengers.’
      • ‘There was an outburst of applause accompanied by a few cries of pain from individuals who failed to untangle their fingers first.’
      • ‘The effect is carnivalesque, a colorful outburst of ebullience and pleasure in unorthodox craft.’
      • ‘Ground-nesting birds are obviously vulnerable to May's torrential outbursts.’
      • ‘Both men were temperamental and subject to long periods of brooding followed by explosive outbursts of anger.’
      • ‘He choreographed ballets that involved the full company in explosive outbursts of energy.’
      • ‘The kids only stopped for a split second, slightly alarmed by the sudden outburst of noise.’
      • ‘In our hour-long chat, there are no dramatic outbursts like those that infuse her stage show, no facial contortions or funny impressions or nasty vernacular.’
      • ‘April however, still has outbursts of rain storms which is why people do not often go for outings.’
      • ‘A bright fork of lightning struck the clouds ahead, and the outburst of thunder was deafening.’
      • ‘And so the game goes on, stopping and starting, punctuated with random outbursts of grievous bodily harm.’
      • ‘It was an outburst of instinctive American idealism.’
      • ‘There were no loud sobs, no outbursts of screams, only silent tears, streaming down the side of her face.’
      • ‘The driver's flag triggered a spontaneous outburst of shouts, honks, and pumped fists from other drivers and pedestrians.’
      • ‘Many violent crimes, terrible as they are, are once-only affairs, outbursts of sudden uncontrolled emotion or anger.’
      eruption, explosion, burst, outbreak, flare-up, blow-up, blaze, attack, fit, spasm, paroxysm, access, rush, gale, flood, storm, hurricane, torrent, outpouring, surge, upsurge, spurt, effusion, outflow, outflowing, welling up
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    2. 1.2A volcanic eruption.
      ‘Replete with special effects, it produced the striking impression of a continuous stream of lava and sporadic outbursts from the crater, accompanied by thunderous blasts of eruptions.’
      • ‘Volcanic activity and outbursts of undersea gases are the prime suspects for these periods of lethal pollution.’
    3. 1.3Physics A sudden emission of energy or particles.
      ‘a very dramatic outburst of neutrons’
      • ‘However, these stars had never been observed to emit outbursts of gamma rays.’
      • ‘Both magnetars are part of the small group of objects called soft gamma-ray repeaters, because they repeatedly experience much weaker outbursts of gamma rays.’
      • ‘These objects are now known to be neutron stars, the collapsed cores of massive stars that have ended their lives in vast outbursts known as supernova explosions.’
      • ‘Like a flashbulb illuminating fog, light from the outburst of a star has revealed its dusty surroundings.’
      • ‘This is a dramatically different view of star death, one that entails multiple explosive outbursts and not just a single bang, as previously thought.’