1. [syn: outbreak, eruption, irruption]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
outbreak \out"break`\, n.
1. A bursting forth; eruption; insurrection; mutiny; revolt.
"Mobs and outbreaks." --J. H. Newman.
The flash and outbreak of a fiery mind. --Shak.
2. A sudden beginning of a violent event; as, the outbreak of
hostilities between ethnic groups.
3. 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.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a sudden violent spontaneous occurrence (usually of some
undesirable condition); "the outbreak of hostilities" [syn:
outbreak, eruption, irruption]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
85 Moby Thesaurus words for "outbreak":
A, alpha, beginning, belch, blast-off, blaze, burst, cascade,
civil disorder, commencement, convulsion, creation, cutting edge,
cyclone, dawn, debouchment, dissiliency, edge, emeute, eructation,
eruption, establishment, explosion, fit, flare-up, flying start,
foundation, fresh start, gale, general uprising, gush, gust,
hurricane, institution, insurgence, insurgency, insurrection,
irruption, jacquerie, jet, jump-off, kick-off, leading edge,
levee en masse, mutiny, new departure, oncoming, onset, opening,
origin, origination, outburst, outset, paroxysm, peasant revolt,
putsch, rapids, rebellion, revolt, revolution, riot, rising,
running start, rush, seizure, send-off, setting in motion,
setting-up, spasm, spate, spew, spurt, square one, start,
start-off, starting point, storm, take-off, tempest, tornado,
torrent, upheaval, uprising, volcan, whirlwind