verb Etymology: Latin eruptus, past participle of erumpere to burst forth, from e- + rumpere to break — more at reave Date: 1657 intransitive verb 1. a. (1) to burst from limits or restraint (2) of a tooth to emerge through the gum b. to force out or release suddenly and often violently something (as lava or steam) that is pent up c. to become active or violent especially suddenly ; break forth <
war could erupt at any moment
the audience erupted in applause
2. to break out with or as if with a skin eruption transitive verb to force out or release usually suddenly and violently <
a volcano erupting lava and ash
eruptible adjectiveeruptive adjectiveeruptively adverb

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • erupt — index emit, penetrate Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

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  • erupt — 1650s, of diseases, etc., from L. eruptus, pp. of erumpere to break out, burst (see ERUPTION (Cf. eruption)). Of volcanoes, from 1770. Related: Erupted; erupting …   Etymology dictionary

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  • erupt — ► VERB 1) (of a volcano) forcefully eject lava, rocks, ash, or gases. 2) break out suddenly. 3) give vent to feelings in a sudden and noisy way. 4) (of a spot, rash, etc.) suddenly appear on the skin. DERIVATIVES eruptive adjective. ORIGIN …   English terms dictionary

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  • erupt — UK [ɪˈrʌpt] / US verb [intransitive] Word forms erupt : present tense I/you/we/they erupt he/she/it erupts present participle erupting past tense erupted past participle erupted 1) if a volcano erupts, it explodes inside and flames, rocks, and… …   English dictionary

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