follow Dictionary.com

How do you spell Hannukah?

outbreak

[out-breyk] /ˈaʊtˌbreɪk/
noun
1.
a sudden breaking out or occurrence; eruption:
the outbreak of war.
2.
a sudden and active manifestation:
an outbreak of hives.
3.
an outburst:
an outbreak of temper.
4.
an insurrection, revolt, or mutiny.
5.
a public disturbance; riot.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; out- + break
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for outbreak
  • There was a sudden outbreak of talk about common ground.
  • Thanks to an unexpected mold outbreak in two residence halls, that far-flung fantasy is about to come true.
  • Not even the threat of a cholera outbreak slowed his pace.
  • We know well that the so acquired mental weakness furnishes effective support for the outbreak of a neurotic disease.
  • Her eyes moistened and her lips contracted as before an outbreak of tears.
  • The dramatic hair loss is caused by mange, a condition spurred by an outbreak of mites.
  • In general, recurrences are much milder than the initial outbreak.
  • The outbreak was blamed on infected tomato plants sold at garden stores.
  • Spring pointed to a common cycle in each outbreak of speculation.
  • The world is in the midst of the largest outbreak of new names in history.
British Dictionary definitions for outbreak

outbreak

/ˈaʊtˌbreɪk/
noun
1.
a sudden, violent, or spontaneous occurrence, esp of disease or strife
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for outbreak
n.

"eruption" (of disease, hostilities, etc.), c.1600, from out + break (v.). Outbreak was a verb in Middle English (c.1300).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for outbreak

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for outbreak

14
16
Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with outbreak

Nearby words for outbreak