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brush fire a sudden outbreak of some threatening activity, as in a military situation, that is likely to spread if it is not controlled. [1/2 definitions]
burst a sudden motion, occurrence, or expression; outbreak; rush. [1/8 definitions]
epidemic an outbreak, usu. of disease, that spreads rapidly, afflicting many individuals. [1/4 definitions]
fit2 a sudden, severe attack, outbreak, or convulsion related to a disease. [1/2 definitions]
flare-up a sudden outbreak or intensification of something, such as a disease. [1/3 definitions]
pyemia a form of blood poisoning characterized by the presence of pus-producing bacteria in the bloodstream that causes an outbreak of abscesses in various parts of the body.
rash2 a sudden outbreak of many similar occurrences in a short period; flurry. [1/2 definitions]
riot a violent or unrestrained outbreak of emotion. [1/7 definitions]
Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome an atypical pneumonia that has a mortality rate of approximately 10 percent, often referred to by its acronym "SARS." A major outbreak occurred in 2003.
sunburst a sudden outbreak of sunlight, as through parting clouds. [1/2 definitions]