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Meaning of outbreak

out•break

Pronunciation: (out'brāk"), [key]
— n.
  1. a sudden breaking out or occurrence; eruption: the outbreak of war.
  2. a sudden and active manifestation: an outbreak of hives.
  3. an outburst: an outbreak of temper.
  4. an insurrection, revolt, or mutiny.
  5. a public disturbance; riot.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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