What does the word outbreak mean?

Usage examples for outbreak

  1. Thus, all these republics felt a sharp and instant shock at the outbreak of the European war. – South America and the War by F. A. Kirkpatrick
  2. The second scene is more animated, but low in style till we come to the outbreak of rhyme. – A Study of Shakespeare by Algernon Charles Swinburne
  3. The tenor of these answers was sufficient to show the government, that, even if it wished, it could no longer delay the progress of the reformation, and that only by action, just as decided as cautious, would it be possible to prevent an outbreak of the flame, which already appeared in scattered sparks. – The Life and Times of Ulric Zwingli by Johann Hottinger