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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a fight breaks out/erupts (=suddenly starts)
▪ A fight broke out and one man was struck on the head.
a riot begins/breaks out/erupts
▪ Riots broke out last month following the verdict.
a scandal erupts (=becomes known with serious effects)
▪ A major scandal erupted in Washington last year.
a volcano erupts (=it sends smoke, fire, and rock into the sky)
▪ The volcano last erupted 50 years ago.
an argument erupts (=a big argument suddenly starts)
▪ A bitter argument erupted between the brothers over who should inherit the money.
protests erupt (=start suddenly)
▪ Massive protests erupted across the country.
violence erupts/breaks out/flares (=suddenly starts)
▪ Violence erupted during the demonstration.
▪ Renewed unrest among would-be emigrants Unrest among would-be emigrants erupted again on April 26.
▪ Those tensions erupted again when Migden and Achtenberg ran for supervisor in 1990&038;.
▪ Read in studio Violence has erupted again on an estate which has been plagued by joyriders.
▪ At 1: 45 p. m. and 9 seconds, radio traffic erupted again.
▪ However, even before the war erupted again in the early 1980s, education provision in the south was inadequate.
▪ There was a trickle of publicity thereafter and it erupted again immediately prior to and during this appeal.
▪ The row erupted again when he won the Nobel last year, and the citation named the offending work.
▪ If these are inoperative, a volcano will not erupt again.
▪ The clash has erupted over whether the center should muddy its hands with research related to nuclear armaments.
▪ Something close to shipwreck fever erupted over its cargo.
▪ In some parts of the world, this consumer philosophy of arms-lovers can erupt suddenly.
▪ Then, at about 5 p. m. a patch of water off the bow of the raft suddenly erupted.
▪ The Chanak crisis, which erupted in late September, drove Baldwin to the newsstands of Aix for the first time.
▪ The natural flow of communication or of requests for assistance and advice may vary depending on where the crisis first erupts.
▪ When fiscal crisis erupts, they consolidate agencies and centralize control.
▪ Erupted Dexter dropped a heavy enough hint a fortnight ago by failing to back Lamb when the row erupted.
▪ The row erupted again when he won the Nobel last year, and the citation named the offending work.
▪ Then the Whitehall row erupted into the public domain.
▪ His defiance of calls to resign will only add fuel to the political funding row that erupted around Mr Kohl last November.
▪ Wednesday in the aftermath of one of the worst military scandals to erupt in public here in recent history.
▪ Plumes rise and erupt on the surface.
▪ Molten rock generated by the heat and pressure associated with the zone wells up through the Earth, erupting at the surface.
▪ Then just be-fore the continent broke into two, Tristan erupted on to the surface, leaving a massive flood of lava.
▪ Read in studio Violence has erupted again on an estate which has been plagued by joyriders.
▪ Throughout 1983, political violence continued erupting in south Florida.
▪ When the latest bout of violence erupted around Freetown I knew he would be there.
▪ The Tolbert incident had not died down before more violence erupted.
▪ When marchers gathered on a third day of protest, violence erupted and buildings were burned.
▪ S.-backed redeployment deal before further violence could erupt.
▪ When rioting and violence erupted in 1966, liberals in Congress were understandably disturbed, while conservatives felt vindicated.
▪ There, violence erupts with devastating, yet profoundly contrasting, effects.
▪ The volcano previously erupted in 1978, killing three people.
▪ A volcano erupts because a terrible creature is imprisoned in the mountain and every now and then struggles to get free.
▪ A neighbour retaliated on behalf of his fallen friend and in an instant a volcano of commotion had erupted in front of Hencke.
▪ For others, it seems like a volcano is erupting in the room.
▪ A period when a killer volcano threatens to erupt and in the end does not is a non-event to subsequent generations.
▪ So on this occasion when the priest set forth this ancient cry, it was as if a sleeping volcano erupted.
▪ Then some one described a bog, another a volcano about to erupt.
▪ If these are inoperative, a volcano will not erupt again.
▪ However, even before the war erupted again in the early 1980s, education provision in the south was inadequate.
▪ Our drug czar watches in impotence as shooting wars between drug gangs erupt in city after city.
▪ Price wars will erupt like the ones in the long-distance market.
▪ A controversy has erupted over the price of the new weapons system.
▪ A fight over a game of cards had erupted in the corner of the bar.
▪ Gang violence can erupt for no apparent reason.
▪ Massive and often violent protests erupted across the country.
▪ But every so often, something will erupt out of nowhere, break through our defences and turn the well-ordered furniture upside-down.
▪ But everyone erupted into giggles and bolted down the street as free of deference as the wind.
▪ But where the lava erupted, whole communities have been vaporized.
▪ Lava erupted underwater cools very rapidly with a plastic skin forming around lumps of still molten material.
▪ Occasionally a hot spot would erupt and an orange halo would expand into the night.
▪ Part of the stage erupted at 1: 26 a. m., and metal shards flew all over Centennial Olympic Park.
▪ This does erupt, but not to a defined time schedule.
▪ Though you try to keep a lid on those growing feelings, eventually they erupt, affecting those you love the most.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

erupt \e*rupt"\ ([-e]*r[u^]pt"), v. t. [See eruption.] To cause to burst forth; to eject; as, to erupt lava.


erupt \e*rupt"\ ([-e]*r[u^]pt"), v. i. [See eruption.]

  1. To eject something, esp. lava, water, etc., as a volcano or geyser; as, when Mount Saint Helens erupted, some people were taken by surprise.

  2. To burst forth; to break out, as ashes from a volcano, teeth through the gums, etc.; as, the third molar erupts late in most people, and in some persons does not occur at all.

    When the amount and power of the steam is equal to the demand, it erupts with violence through the lava flood and gives us a small volcano.
    --H. J. W. Dam.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1650s, of diseases, etc., from Latin eruptus, past participle of erumpere "to break out, burst," from assimilated form of ex- "out" (see ex-) + rumpere "to break, rupture" (see rupture (n.)). Of volcanoes, from 1770 (the Latin word was used in reference to Mount Etna). Related: Erupted; erupting.


vb. 1 (cx intransitive English) To eject something violently (such as lava or water, as from a volcano or geyser). 2 (cx intransitive English) To burst forth; to break out. 3 (context intransitive figuratively English) To spontaneous release pressure or tension.

  1. v. start abruptly; "After 1989, peace broke out in the former East Bloc" [syn: break out]

  2. erupt or intensify suddenly; "Unrest erupted in the country"; "Tempers flared at the meeting"; "The crowd irrupted into a burst of patriotism" [syn: irrupt, flare up, flare, break open, burst out]

  3. start to burn or burst into flames; "Marsh gases ignited suddenly"; "The oily rags combusted spontaneously" [syn: ignite, catch fire, take fire, combust, conflagrate]

  4. as of teeth, for example; "The tooth erupted and had to be extracted" [syn: come out, break through, push through]

  5. become active and spew forth lava and rocks; "Vesuvius erupts once in a while" [syn: belch, extravasate]

  6. force out or release suddenly and often violently something pent up; "break into tears"; "erupt in anger" [syn: break, burst]

  7. appear on the skin; "A rash erupted on her arms after she had touched the exotic plant"

  8. become raw or open; "He broke out in hives"; "My skin breaks out when I eat strawberries"; "Such boils tend to recrudesce" [syn: recrudesce, break out]

Usage examples of "erupt".

Karl Acton, rather than simply disappearing, was actually killed by an erupting smoker.

By that time the warhead received its signal to detonate and the fuse flashed into incandescence, lighting off an intermediate explosive set in the center of the main explosive, which erupted into a white-hot segment that detonated the high-explosive cylinder of the unit in the nose cone aft of the seeker and navigation modules forward of the central processor.

The explosion blew apart what had been left of the superstructure, taking with it the masts and antennae as the ship erupted into flames amidships, the fire migrating aft to the fuel tanks, where ruptured fuel lines spewed volatile fuel for the gas turbines into the bilges.

The deck of the ship began to tremble as the water aft of the rudder erupted into foam and the screw began to spin at maximum RPM.

The fountain erupted from the agate pool and splashed Lelila from the top of her head to the ends of her hair.

We have seen that the uncertainty principle ensures that even the vacuum of empty space is a teeming, roiling frenzy of virtual particles momentarily erupting into existence and subsequently annihilating one another.

She lifted her chin, raising strained aquamarine eyes to meet a gaze as stormy as the threatening glow inside a volcano about to erupt.

Big jagged hunks of azurite and turquoise decorating the floor erupted through the white stone ocean like fangs tearing through flesh.

The sound of my beeper was usually an intrusion, but particularly so when it erupted at that moment.

Mark into his office while he was busy listening to the manager of his San Francisco Bienvenue hotel detail a small fire that had erupted in one of the rooms.

Aille realized the object had been a delayed-fuse bomblet of some sort, and had erupted after plunging into the sea.

The second Frogfoot, just moving to the end of the runway, crumpled as bomblets exploded around it, then erupted into flame.

The boojum had three hundred and seventeen separate sentient enemies to contend with now, not to mention the thousands of semi-intelligent missiles erupting from the fighters like insects swarming from a nest.

While he was face down at the floor, there erupted from Bors a thunderous fart.

A cage of budgies erupted into a bout of squabbling over what appeared to be territorial rights to the perch beside the tiny mirror.