outpouring

An outpouring is a gush, flow, or fast stream of something. An outpouring of lava from an active volcano would be a bad thing, but an outpouring of support from the community would be a very good thing.

A literal outpouring is something you can actually see, like an outpouring of water from a hose. It's actually more common to use outpouring figuratively, as in an outpouring of community support for a family of refugees or an outpouring of new work by a prolific artist. This noun dates from the fifteenth century, when it was first used to describe "a pouring out of spiritual things."

Primary Meanings of outpouring

1.
n
the pouring forth of a fluid
2.
n
the rapid and continuous delivery of linguistic communication (spoken or written)
Full Definitions of outpouring
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n the pouring forth of a fluid

Synonyms:
discharge, run
Types:
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jet, spirt, spurt, squirt
the occurrence of a sudden discharge (as of liquid)
escape, leak, leakage, outflow
the discharge of a fluid from some container
spray
a jet of vapor
spritz
a quick squirt of some liquid (usually carbonated water)
Type of:
flow, flowing
the motion characteristic of fluids (liquids or gases)

n a large flow

Synonyms:
flood, overflow
Types:
effusion
flow under pressure
Type of:
flow, stream
the act of flowing or streaming; continuous progression

n a natural flow of ground water

Synonyms:
fountain, natural spring, outflow, spring
Examples:
Old Faithful
a geyser in Yellowstone National Park that erupts for about 4 minutes about every 65 minutes
Types:
Fountain of Youth
a fountain described in folk tales as able to make people young again
geyser
a spring that discharges hot water and steam
hot spring, thermal spring
a natural spring of water at a temperature of 70 F or above
Type of:
formation, geological formation
(geology) the geological features of the earth

n a sudden rapid flow (as of water)

“she attacked him with an outpouring of words”
Synonyms:
flush, gush
Types:
springtide
a swelling rush of anything
Type of:
flow, flowing
the motion characteristic of fluids (liquids or gases)
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n the rapid and continuous delivery of linguistic communication (spoken or written)

Synonyms:
barrage, bombardment, onslaught
Type of:
language, linguistic communication
a systematic means of communicating by the use of sounds or conventional symbols

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