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intr.v. e·rupt·ed, e·rupt·ing, e·rupts
a. To throw or force something out violently, as lava, ash, and gases: The volcano erupted.
b. To be thrown or forced out: Water erupted from the geyser.
2. To develop suddenly: Violence erupted during the protests.
3. To express oneself suddenly and loudly: He erupted in anger.
a. To break through the gums in developing. Used of teeth.
b. To appear on the skin. Used of a rash or blemish.

[Latin ērumpere, ērupt- : ē-, ex-, ex- + rumpere, to break; see reup- in Indo-European roots.]

e·rup′tive adj.
e·rup′tive·ly adv.


1. erupting or tending to erupt
2. resembling or of the nature of an eruption
3. (Geological Science) (of rocks) formed from such products as ash and lava resulting from volcanic eruptions
4. (Pathology) (of a disease) characterized by skin eruptions
eˈruptively adv
eˌrupˈtivity, eˈruptiveness n


(ɪˈrʌp tɪv)

1. bursting forth.
2. pertaining to or of the nature of an eruption.
3. noting a rock formed by the eruption of molten material.
4. causing or accompanied by a rash or the like.
[1640–50; < French]
e•rup′tive•ly, adv.
e•rup•tiv′i•ty, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.eruptive - producing or characterized by eruptions; "an eruptive disease"
2.eruptive - produced by the action of fire or intense heat; "rocks formed by igneous agents"
geology - a science that deals with the history of the earth as recorded in rocks
3.eruptive - actively spewing out lava; "a geyser is an intermittently eruptive hot spring"
active - (of e.g. volcanos) erupting or liable to erupt; "active volcanos"
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At the bottom of the circle, as if enclosed in a jewel case, sparkled for one instant two or three eruptive cones, like enormous dazzling gems.
The 'blood royal' is an extremely thick, depraved fluid; formed principally of raw fish, bad brandy, and European sweetmeats, and is charged with a variety of eruptive humours, which are developed in sundry blotches and pimples upon the august face of
San Carlos, Chiloe -- Osorno in eruption, contemporaneously with Aconcagua and Coseguina -- Ride to Cucao -- Impenetrable Forests -- Valdivia Indians -- Earthquake -- Concepcion -- Great Earthquake -- Rocks fissured -- Appearance of the former Towns -- The Sea Black and Boiling -- Direction of the Vibrations -- Stones twisted round -- Great Wave -- Permanent Elevation of the Land -- Area of Volcanic Phenomena -- The connection between the Elevatory and Eruptive Forces -- Cause of Earthquakes -- Slow Elevation of Mountain-chains
There is no such place in that part now; but it remained there for many years, looking with a baulked countenance at the wilderness patched with unfruitful gardens and pimpled with eruptive summerhouses, that it had meant to run over in no time.
The agency monitored moderate seismicity and degassing, deflation of the edifice and a decrease in eruptive activity at the summit crater.
Mayon Volcano's condition in the past week has been characterized by a general decline in unrest reflected by moderate seismicity and degassing, deflation of the edifice and a decrease in eruptive activity at the summit crater,' the volcanology institute said.
So far the first scenario is prevailing in Mayon's eruptive state," he said.
That is a huge one in terms of both size and eruptive potential.
If the skin is prone to eruptive conditions like acne, pimples, rash, it should protected with specialized creams that not only protect, but also reduce oiliness and deal with the problem.
The surface area of the eruptive crushed area is about 4500 m2, And at the other end of the field, There is a need to remove the sand dune roughly 200 m2.
His piece Composition is a prime example of the artist's eruptive expressionist works in which pictorial space is dominated by expressive brushwork and lush paint.
If the geysers are real, future spacecraft might be able to assess the ocean's composition and life-hosting qualities merely by landing on the surface near an eruptive vent or flying through one of the plumes at close range.