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 for eruption
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  eruption \e*rup"tion\, n. [L. eruptio, fr. erumpere, eruptum, to
     break out; e out + rumpere, to break: cf. F. ['e]ruption. See
     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.
            [1913 Webster]
                  All Paris was quiet . . . to gather fresh
                  strength for the next day's eruption. --W.
            [1913 Webster]
     2. That which bursts forth.
        [1913 Webster]
     3. A violent exclamation; ejaculation.
        [1913 Webster]
              He would . . . break out into bitter and passionate
              eruditions.                           --Sir H.
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     4. (Med.) The breaking out of pimples, or an efflorescence,
        as in measles, scarlatina, etc.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: the sudden occurrence of a violent discharge of steam and
           volcanic material [syn: volcanic eruption, eruption]
      2: symptom consisting of a breaking out and becoming visible
      3: (of volcanos) pouring out fumes or lava (or a deposit so
         formed) [syn: eruption, eructation, extravasation]
      4: a sudden violent spontaneous occurrence (usually of some
         undesirable condition); "the outbreak of hostilities" [syn:
         outbreak, eruption, irruption]
      5: a sudden very loud noise [syn: bang, clap, eruption,
         blast, bam]
      6: the emergence of a tooth as it breaks through the gum

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  67 Moby Thesaurus words for "eruption":
     access, belch, blaze, blaze of temper, blowout, blowup,
     breaking out, burst, cascade, convulsion, cyclone, debouchment,
     diaper rash, discharge, disgorgement, dissiliency, drug rash,
     efflorescence, ejaculation, emission, eructation, explosion,
     expulsion, extravasation, fit, flare, flare-up, gale, gush, gust,
     heat rash, high words, hives, hurricane, irruption, jet,
     nettle rash, outbreak, outburst, outpour, papular rash, paroxysm,
     prickly heat, rapids, rash, rupia, rush, sally, scene, seizure,
     skin eruption, spasm, spate, spew, spout, spouting, spurt, squirt,
     storm, tempest, tornado, torrent, upheaval, urticaria,
     vaccine rash, volcan, whirlwind

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