from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To break or burst in.
  • intransitive v. Ecology To increase rapidly and irregularly in number: In the absence of predators, the island's rodent population irrupted.

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  • v. To break into.
  • v. To enter forcibly or uninvited.
  • v. To rapidly increase or intensify.
  • v. Misspelling of erupt.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To break or force through: generally used as a participial adjective: as, irrupted barriers.
  • To enter forcibly; rush in: as, the enemy irrupted into the town.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. enter uninvited
  • v. increase rapidly and in an uncontrolled manner
  • v. erupt or intensify suddenly


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Latin irrumpere, irrupt- : in-, in; see in-2 + rumpere, to break; see reup- in Indo-European roots.

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From Latin irrumpere.


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