e*rup"tion(?), n. [L. eruptio, fr. erumpere, eruptum, to break out; e out + rumpere, to break: cf. F. ruption. See Rupture.] 1. The act of breaking out or bursting forth; as: (a) A violent throwing out of flames, lava, etc., as from a volcano or 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.
All Paris was quiet . . . to gather fresh strength for the next day's eruption.W. Irving.
2. That which bursts forth.
3. A violent exclamation; ejaculation.
He would . . . break out into bitter and passionate eruditions.Sir H. Wotton.
(Med.) The breaking out of pimples, or an efflorescence, as in measles, scarlatina, etc.
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