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Meaning of OUTBREAK

Pronunciation:  'awt`breyk

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  a sudden violent spontaneous occurrence (usually of some undesirable condition); "the outbreak of hostilities"

OUTBREAK is a 8 letter word that starts with O.


 Synonyms: eruption
 See Also: epidemic, happening, natural event, occurrence, recrudescence



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Out"break`\, n.
A bursting forth; eruption; insurrection. ``Mobs and
outbreaks.'' --J. H. Newman.

      The flash and outbreak of a fiery mind.  --Shak.

Biology Dictionary
 Definition: The occurrence of a large number of cases of a disease in a short period of time.
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