Definition of outburst in English:



  • 1A sudden release of strong emotion.

    ‘“she screamed at him about it one day,” said one source who witnessed the outburst’
    • ‘I get ready to deliver an adult to teen sermon, but his sudden outburst forces me to think.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Even his intimate friends in the literary circuit dread the occasional outbursts which reflect his cynical humour and contempt for hypocrites.’
    • ‘I had some outburst and started screaming at everyone, and then I drove off.’
    • ‘This sounds like quite an outburst, but it's funny when she says it.’
    • ‘There are no big dramatic outbursts between the two of them, but there's still plenty of sexual tension to be had.’
    • ‘There are grimaces and tears and shrieking outbursts.’
    • ‘He also is undecided on his emotions, chopping and changing between angry violent outbursts and whiny emotional pleas.’
    • ‘Stormy scenes and emotional outbursts at work or at home are defused due to your meditative attitude and calming influence.’
    • ‘The timing is right too, with slow lulls of discomfort interspersed with violent outbursts of emotion.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They note that she is frequently sad or tearful, that she often becomes agitated, that she has periodic emotional and angry 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.’
    • ‘The force of the outburst arrested the whole dining room.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Frontal lobe damage causes severe personality changes and sudden emotional outbursts.’
    • ‘Earlier, in a dramatic outburst, he claimed he was not getting a fair hearing after being refused permission to call a witness.’
    1. 1.1A sudden outbreak of a particular activity.
      ‘a wild outburst of applause’
      • ‘There was an outburst of applause accompanied by a few cries of pain from individuals who failed to untangle their fingers first.’
      • ‘It was an outburst of instinctive American idealism.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The student outburst of activism in the 1960s emerged out of a lack of an ideological opposite to western liberal democracy.’
      • ‘He argues that not only are the wild outbursts of speculation that characterize an investment bubble totally unpredictable, but unstoppable as well.’
      • ‘The effect is carnivalesque, a colorful outburst of ebullience and pleasure in unorthodox craft.’
      • ‘Both men were temperamental and subject to long periods of brooding followed by explosive outbursts of anger.’
      • ‘Branding and anti-branding represent an outburst of unconscious displacement activity.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The driver's flag triggered a spontaneous outburst of shouts, honks, and pumped fists from other drivers and pedestrians.’
      • ‘There were no loud sobs, no outbursts of screams, only silent tears, streaming down the side of her face.’
      • ‘A fresh outburst of applause burst out from the assembled ranks of friends and family, followed by the Instructors' similar action.’
      • ‘And so the game goes on, stopping and starting, punctuated with random outbursts of grievous bodily harm.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘When that bus reached Port-of-Spain there was a spontaneous outburst of applause from all the passengers.’
      • ‘Ground-nesting birds are obviously vulnerable to May's torrential outbursts.’
      • ‘Many violent crimes, terrible as they are, are once-only affairs, outbursts of sudden uncontrolled emotion or anger.’
      • ‘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.’
      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
      ebullition, boutade
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    2. 1.2A volcanic eruption.
      • ‘Volcanic activity and outbursts of undersea gases are the prime suspects for these periods of lethal pollution.’
      • ‘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.’
    3. 1.3Physics A sudden emission of energy or particles.
      ‘a very dramatic outburst of neutrons’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This is a dramatically different view of star death, one that entails multiple explosive outbursts and not just a single bang, as previously thought.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘However, these stars had never been observed to emit outbursts of gamma rays.’