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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.
All Paris was quiet . . . to gather fresh
strength for the next day's eruption. --W.
2. That which bursts forth.
3. A violent exclamation; ejaculation.
He would . . . break out into bitter and passionate
eruditions. --Sir H.
4. (Med.) The breaking out of pimples, or an efflorescence,
as in measles, scarlatina, etc.
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,
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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