intransitive verb Etymology: Latin irruptus, past participle of irrumpere, from in- + rumpere to break — more at reave Date: 1886 1. to rush in forcibly or violently 2. of a natural population to undergo a sudden upsurge in numbers especially when natural ecological balances and checks are disturbed 3. erupt 1c <
the crowd irrupted in a fervor of patriotism — Time
irruption noun

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  • irrupt — [i rupt′] vi. [< L irruptus, pp. of irrumpere, to break in: see IN 1 & RUPTURE] 1. to burst suddenly or violently (into) 2. Ecol. to increase abruptly in size of population irruption n. irruptive adj …   English World dictionary

  • irrupt — v. (D; intr.) to irrupt in; into (to irrupt in a frenzied demonstration) * * * [ɪ rʌpt] into (to irrupt in a frenzied demonstration) (D; intr.) to irrupt in …   Combinatory dictionary

  • irrupt — [ɪ rʌpt] verb 1》 enter forcibly or suddenly. 2》 (chiefly of a bird) migrate into an area in abnormally large numbers. Derivatives irruption noun irruptive adjective Origin C19 (earlier (C16) as irruption): from L. irrupt , irrumpere break into …   English new terms dictionary

  • irrupt — v.intr. (foll. by into) enter forcibly or violently. Derivatives: irruption n. Etymology: L irrumpere irrupt (as IN (2), rumpere break) …   Useful english dictionary

  • irrupt — /i rupt /, v.i. 1. to break or burst in suddenly. 2. to manifest violent activity or emotion, as a group of persons. 3. (of animals) to increase suddenly in numbers through a lessening of the number of deaths. [1850 55; < L irruptus; see… …   Universalium

  • irrupt — verb a) To break into. b) To enter forcibly or uninvited. See Also: irruption …   Wiktionary

  • irrupt — Synonyms and related words: admit, advance upon, arise, barge in, be admitted, be born, become, belch, bob up, break bounds, break forth, break in, break in upon, break out, breeze in, burst forth, burst in, bust in, butt in, charge in, come… …   Moby Thesaurus

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