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Definitions of eruption

  1. a sudden very loud noise
  2. ( of volcanos) pouring out fumes or lava ( or a deposit so formed)
  3. symptom consisting of a breaking out and becoming visible
  4. the emergence of a tooth as it breaks through the gum
  5. a sudden violent spontaneous occurrence ( usually of some undesirable condition); " the outbreak of hostilities"
  6. the sudden occurrence of a violent discharge of steam and volcanic material
  7. The act of breaking out or bursting forth; as: ( a) A violent throwing out of flames, lava, etc., as from a volcano of a fissure in the earth's crust. ( b) A sudden and overwhelming hostile movement of armed men from one country to another. Milton. ( c) A violent commotion.
  8. That which bursts forth.
  9. A violent exclamation; ejaculation.
  10. The breaking out of pimples, or an efflorescence, as in measles, scarlatina, etc.
  11. Act of bursting out or forth; that which bursts forth, as lava from a volcano; outbreak; violent commotion; a rash on the skin.
  12. 1. A breaking out, especially the appearance of lesions on the skin. 2. Redness, spotting, or other visible phenomena on the skin or mucous membranes, especially when appearing as a local manifestation of a general disease, such as typhoid fever or one of the exanthemata. An eruption is characterized, according to the nature of the lesion, as bullous, erythematous, macular, papular, etc. 3. The passage of a tooth through the alveolar process and gum ( permanent) or the gum only ( deciduous) to the open, cutting of a tooth.
  13. Outbreak; rash; exanthem.
  14. A breaking or bursting forth: that which bursts forth: a breaking out of spots on the skin.
  15. A breaking forth; appearance of spots on the skin.
  16. A bursting out, as of a volcano.
  17. That which bursts forth, as lava from a volcano.
  18. A breaking out, as in a rash.
  19. The act of bursting forth from enclosure; a violent emission of anything, particularly of flames and lava from a volcano; a sudden or violent sally; a breaking out of humours; humours on the skin in pustules; an efflorescence on the skin, as in scarlatina.
  20. A bursting out from confinement; a violent throwing out of anything, as flames or lava from a volcano; a sudden and overwhelming hostile rush of armed men from one country into another; a breaking out of pustules or pocks on the skin, as in measles, small- pox, & c.
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Antonyms for eruption

implosion.

Quotes of eruption

  1. A democracy is a volcano which conceals the fiery materials of its own destruction. These will produce an eruption and carry desolation in their way. – Fisher Ames
  2. First of all, there was a volcano of words, an eruption of words that Shakespeare had never used before that had never been used in the English language before. It's astonishing. It pours out of him. – Stephen Greenblatt
  3. The eruption of lived pleasure is such that in losing myself I find myself; forgetting that I exist, I realize myself. – Raoul Vaneigem

Usage examples for eruption

  1. It meant a niche in the gallery of " might have beens" instead of the high place in the Hall of Fame, where he really belonged, and where, had he but condescended to care, he could have flamed as a volcano in active eruption – Edgar Saltus: The Man by Marie Saltus
  2. I have had patients stay in the pack for four, five, six and seven hours, and almost always, when I took them out, their skin was covered with eruption – Hydriatic treatment of Scarlet Fever in its Different Forms by Charles Munde
  3. When an emotion took possession of him it set him on fire, and the expression of it was like the eruption of a volcano. – The Life and Works of Friedrich Schiller by Calvin Thomas
  4. Every island has its special eruption which, beginning at the unfathomable bottom of the sea, has slowly built up a foundation and then a superstructure of lava. – Our War with Spain for Cuba's Freedom by Trumbull White
  5. 2537. The general character of all these is, that they are contagious, and, as a general rule, attack a person only once in his lifetime; that their chain of diseased actions always begins with fever, and that, after an interval of from one to four days, the fever is followed by an eruption of the skin. – The Book of Household Management by Mrs. Isabella Beeton
  6. They brought to his recollection similar facts, which he had often heard his father mention in his childhood, as having been observed previous to the last eruption of Mount Vesuvius. – The Parent's Assistant by Maria Edgeworth
  7. 9. There is some uncertainty about the date of the last eruption previous to the great one of 163l. – The Earth as Modified by Human Action by George P. Marsh
  8. No; a contagious eruption broke out there last night: I heard Saturninus give the order to pitch another tent at once on the opposite side for the prisoner. –  by
  9. The air was still full of dust and ash, but the eruption was believed to be over. – The Boy With the U. S. Life-Savers by Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  10. The " Constant," true to its name, throws up a pretty little white fountain so often that it seems to prepare for a new eruption almost before the previous one has subsided. – The Lure of the Camera by Charles S. Olcott
  11. An earthquake or a volcanic eruption is hardly more destructive and hardly more irresistible. – Impressions of South Africa by James Bryce
  12. And was there, or was there not, a lesser eruption upon the other side- an almost imperceptible flash, as though something had shot from the doomed planetoid out into space? – Triplanetary by Edward Elmer Smith
  13. The eruption lasted nearly thirty minutes, the water preserving its elegant form during the whole time. – In the Rocky Mountains by W. H. G. Kingston
  14. Great quantities are thrown up from the interior of the earth during an eruption – An Introduction to Chemical Science by R.P. Williams
  15. And the senator gave every sign of another eruption – The Complete PG Edition of The Works of Winston Churchill by Winston Churchill
  16. Standing in the midst of this frightful eruption from the heart of the mountains, one sees, as far as the eye can reach, a landscape utterly forbidding. – Whispering Smith by Frank H. Spearman
  17. There was simply no way to check the eruption of a volcano. – The Flaming Mountain by Harold Leland Goodwin
  18. In Arcadia, near the eruption of the river Erasinus, was a mountain, clothed with beautiful trees, and sacred to Dionusus. – A New System; or, an Analysis of Antient Mythology. Volume I. by Jacob Bryant
  19. Hence my late eruption was interesting, but not what I like. – Vailima-Letters by Stevenson, Robert Louis
  20. The eruption of the other floating volcano was to be regulated by an ingenious piece of clock- work, by which, at the appointed time, fire, struck from a flint, was to inflame the hidden mass of gunpowder below. – Project Gutenberg History of The Netherlands, 1555-1623, Complete by John Lothrop Motley