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ERUPT', v.i. To burst forth. [Not used.]
verb Etymology: Latin eruptus, past participle of erumpere to burst forth, from e- + rumpere to break — more at reave Date: 1657
v.intr. 1 break out suddenly or dramatically. 2 (of a volcano) become active and eject lava etc. 3 a (of a rash, boil, etc.) appear on the skin. b (of the skin) produce a rash etc. 4 (of the teeth) break through the gums in normal development. Derivatives: eruption n. eruptive adj. Etymology: L erumpere erupt- (as E-, rumpere break)
Erupt E*rupt", v. i. [See Eruption.] 1. To eject something, esp. lava, water, etc., as a volcano or geyser. 2. To burst forth; to break out, as ashes from a volcano, teeth through the gums, etc. 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.
Erupt E*rupt", v. t. [See Eruption.] To cause to burst forth; to eject; as, to erupt lava. --Huxley.
(erupts, erupting, erupted) 1. When a volcano erupts, it throws out a lot of hot, melted rock called lava, as well as ash and steam. The volcano erupted in 1980, devastating a large area of Washington state... VERB: V • eruption (eruptions) ...the volcanic eruption of Tambora in 1815. N-VAR: usu with supp 2. If violence or fighting erupts, it suddenly begins or gets worse in an unexpected, violent way. (JOURNALISM) Heavy fighting erupted there today after a two-day cease-fire... = break out VERB: V • eruption ...this sudden eruption of violence. N-COUNT 3. When people in a place suddenly become angry or violent, you can say that they erupt or that the place erupts. (JOURNALISM) In Los Angeles, the neighborhood known as Watts erupted into riots... VERB: V into/in n 4. You say that someone erupts when they suddenly have a change in mood, usually becoming quite noisy. Then, without warning, she erupts into laughter... VERB: V into/in n • eruption ...an eruption of despair. N-COUNT 5. If your skin erupts, sores or spots suddenly appear there. At the end of the second week, my skin erupted in pimples. VERB: V in/into n, also V • eruption ...eruptions of adolescent acne. N-COUNT: with supp
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