Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To emerge violently from restraint or limits; explode: My neighbor erupted in anger over the noise.
  • intransitive v. To become violently active: The volcano erupted after years of dormancy.
  • intransitive v. To force out or release something, such as steam, with violence or suddenness.
  • intransitive v. To break through the gums in developing. Used of teeth.
  • intransitive v. To appear on the skin. Used of a rash or blemish.
  • transitive v. To force out violently.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. to violently eject
  • v. to spontaneously release pressure or tension

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To eject something, esp. lava, water, etc., as a volcano or geyser.
  • intransitive v. To burst forth; to break out, as ashes from a volcano, teeth through the gums, etc.
  • transitive v. To cause to burst forth; to eject.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To burst forth suddenly and violently; break or belch out; send forth matter.
  • To throw out suddenly and with great violence; emit violently; cast out, as lava from a volcano; belch.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. become active and spew forth lava and rocks
  • v. appear on the skin
  • v. start abruptly
  • v. force out or release suddenly and often violently something pent up
  • v. break out
  • v. become raw or open
  • v. erupt or intensify suddenly
  • v. start to burn or burst into flames

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Latin ērumpere, ērupt- : ē-, ex-, ex- + rumpere, to break; see reup- in Indo-European roots.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin eruptus, past participle of ērumpō ("to break out (of), to burst out (from)"), from e ("out") + rumpō ("to break").

Examples

  • He is nibbling on spoonfuls of cottage cheese when shouts erupt from the car next to his.

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  • The film runs a gamut of intense emotions that erupt from the screen at every turn.

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  • The situation is still very volatile, and can once again erupt into terrible violence, but the logjam that was consecrated in Mecca, does appear to have been cleared.

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  • I'm wondering if you or anybody else in here has some thoughts on how to make sure the criticism that's certain to erupt is pointed directly at Sims where it rightly belongs and not squandered by targeting the skeleton crew of hapless victims down there trying to keep Elections afloat?

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  • Creatures extrude or vent eggs; larvae fatten, split their shells, and eat them; spores dissolve or explode; root hairs multiply, corn puffs on the stalk, grass yields seed, shoots erupt from the earth turgid and sheathed; wet muskrats, rabbits, and squirrels slide into the sunlight, mewling and blind; and everywhere watery cells divide and swell, swell and divide.

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  • Several days later, when the seedling erupt from the soil, they are excited and several weeks later they read and learn how to harvest the fruits and vegetables and the entire family benefits from their harvest at mealtimes.

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  • There are times when one wishes for some passion -- some unholy mess or some desperate humor -- to erupt from the pages, but the darker impulses are not what interest Goodman.

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  • And with the gap widening and human dignity continuing to suffer, it is far more likely that only waves of hatred and violence will erupt from the abyss which now separates the rich from the poor of the world.

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