from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A sudden increase: an outbreak of influenza.
- n. A sudden eruption; an outburst: "an outbreak of strikes, violent agitation, and arrests” ( Samuel Chew).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An eruption, sudden appearance
- n. A sudden increase.
- n. An outburst or sudden eruption, especially of violence and mischief.
- n. An uproar, riot
- n. A geological layer that breaks out
- v. To burst out
- v. To break forth
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A bursting forth; eruption; insurrection; mutiny; revolt.
- n. A sudden beginning of a violent event.
- n. A sudden occurrence or manifestation; -- usually of disease or emotion, in one person or a group.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A breaking out; an outburst; a sudden and violent manifestation: as, an outbreak of fever; an outbreak of popular indignation.
- n. A rupture of the peace; a public disturbance or riot.
- To break or burst forth.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a sudden violent spontaneous occurrence (usually of some undesirable condition)
This isn't the apocalypse, though, it's comedy, and the outbreak is averted by cool temps and a massive roofie from the authorities (who show up six hours later on the dot).
The first sign of the outbreak is adding superfluous letters to existing words like untill.
Schelling to what he called his outbreak into reality.
Editor's note: The World Health Organization has increased its alert level to 5 which suggests that the Swine Flu outbreak is very serious.
Coupled with recent outbreaks of measles and mumps and ongoing challenges to control pertussis, this outbreak is concerning because it suggests that in some areas, where not enough people are being immunized, the diseases are threatening a comeback.
The type of E. coli that caused this outbreak is one of the leading causes of food contamination.
The outbreak is centered in the farming region of Artibonite, where experts fear an infection in the Artibonite River has enabled the illness to spread quickly.
The outbreak is Haiti's worst medical emergency since the devastating January 12 earthquake.
Last week, while Treasury continued to deny that the ever-escalating foreclosure fraud outbreak is a serious problem, investors started placing bets that Bank of America's stock will sink below $3.00 a share.
"This outbreak is likely to get much larger given our experience with cholera epidemics in the past, particularly in a population that really has no protective immunity," Jon Andrus, deputy director of the Pan American Health Organization, the regional office of the World Health Organization, said Friday.