outbreak

Definition of outbreak

out´break`
n.1.A bursting forth; eruption; insurrection; mutiny; revolt.
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.

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