• WordNet 3.6
    • adj irruptive of igneous rock that has solidified beneath the earth's surface; granite or diorite or gabbro
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Irruptive Rushing in or upon.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • irruptive Bursting in; rushing in or upon anything.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Irruptive rushing suddenly in or upon
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. irruption-emin, in, rumpĕre, ruptum, to break.


In literature:

This unfortunate civil war was a signal for a fresh irruption of the Slavi and Hungarians.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 5" by Various
Virginia is on the verge of a political irruption, and your arrival may be most opportune or unfortunate.
"The Real America in Romance, Volume 6;" by John R. Musick
There were incessant irruptions of different tribes passing from one country to another, in search of plunder and pillage.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume V" by John Lord
And now this disastrous irruption, this resurrection of the early sins of the real Leek!
"Buried Alive: A Tale of These Days" by Arnold Bennett
She could hardly believe even yet in this inevitable irruption of the Great Uninvited.
"We Girls: A Home Story" by Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney
Where's honor in this mob-rule that breaks out in Boston to spot the whole land with a scurvy irruption!
"The Maid-At-Arms" by Robert W. Chambers
The material cause was the irruption of fresh Barbarian hordes.
"The World's Greatest Books, Vol XI." by Edited by Arthur Mee and J.A. Hammerton
The Allegro seems a mere irruption; for the Lento prelude reappears in full solemnity.
"Symphonies and Their Meaning; Third Series, Modern Symphonies" by Philip H. Goepp
The whole was surrounded by an enclosure of strong palisadoes, to guard against any sudden irruption of the savages.
"Knickerbocker's History of New York, Complete" by Washington Irving
It was no lady, no fairy, but young Ralph Morton, an irruption of miserable masculine prose.
"The Ordeal of Richard Feverel" by George Meredith
Then we invent a morose, elderly caretaker, greatly embittered at this irruption.
"Boon, The Mind of the Race, The Wild Asses of the Devil, and The Last Trump;" by Herbert George Wells
The irruption of a foreign element, just at this juncture, was unfortunate.
"The Maid of Honour (Vol. 3 of 3)" by Lewis Wingfield
But then, an irruption of adepts.
"The Maid of Honour, Vol. 1 (of 3)" by Lewis Wingfield
The irruption of the new cannon ball affected the party of listeners differently.
"The Maid of Honour, Volume 2 (of 3)" by Lewis Wingfield
The irruption of Kachins or Chingpaw from the north has now completely hemmed the state in.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 13, Slice 5" by Various
The irruption of the positive and uncontrollable Jackson into politics made amends.
"Caricature and Other Comic Art" by James Parton
Was published at time of the irruption of Colonels.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 107. August 4, 1894." by Various
Mad or sane, she resolved that she would not submit tamely to such another irruption as the last.
"Tom Ossington's Ghost" by Richard Marsh
Tintoretto has turned salutation into irruption.
"The life and writings of Henry Fuseli, Volume III (of 3)" by Henry Fuseli
First irruption of the river, 29.
"The life of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Civil Engineer" by Isambard Brunel

In news:

Snowy owl ' irruption ' leads to southern sightings.
The first was the Rough-legged Hawk, that irrupts from the north.
Snowy owl 'irruption' leads to southern sightings.
The tree seed crop, normally plentiful in the forests of Ontario and Quebec, has in some cases failed, causing what is known as a bird irruption.