American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Irrupting or tending to irrupt.
- adj. Geology Intrusive.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Bursting in; rushing in or upon anything.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Rushing in or upon.
- adj. of igneous rock that has solidified beneath the earth's surface; granite or diorite or gabbro
“They are unusual in that they do not 'migrate' south during the winter, but they do undergo 'irruptive dispersal', that is moving out of their breeding areas when their main prey, the lemming, suffers a declining population.”
“There are no foreseeable human-related threats to wolverines Lynx Lynx are cyclic or irruptive in the Alaskan Arctic, and in areas where snowshoe hares become periodically abundant, lynx can become abundant.”
“Ereignis is a word for that irruptive dimension, the historical point at which thought can latch onto Being: it is equally implicated in thought, being, and history.”
“The second deconstructive strategy, which Derrida identifies with French philosophy in the 1960s, affirms an absolute break with tradition, seeking to change ground in a discontinuous and irruptive fashion.”
“Once again we have a moment of irruptive violence.”
“They seem to be a necessary evil to be classed with smallpox, chicken-pox, yellow fever and other irruptive diseases.”
“In the meantime, concern and suspense and irruptive wrath had their chief abode in the inner room of Remington and Evans.”
“One was an irruptive craving within him to take some part in the dynamic activities of the surrounding world.”
“But these were soon exchanged for rough forest growths; and out of cabbage and corn lands the irruptive forest broke into islands; and the plain was girdled with a dark green belt of distant forest.”
“Board of Health, we find other low types and stealthy diseases, such as typhoid and irruptive fevers, and there we shall find them again when the summer and autumnal pestilences have yielded place to those which belong to the indoor poisoned air in the winter.”
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