A riot is a violent outburst by a crowd. When the principal didn't declare a snow day, even with five inches on the ground already, students rioted, gathering outside and throwing snowballs.

The meaning of riot has stretched over the years. You would say "She is a riot" about a funny or outrageous person. A loud clothing combination might represent a riot of texture and color. When something runs riot, it has been allowed to get out of control.

Definitions of riot
  1. noun
    a state of disorder involving group violence
    synonyms: rioting
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    a disturbance of the peace or of public order
  2. noun
    a public act of violence by an unruly mob
    synonyms: public violence
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    race riot
    a riot caused by hatred for one another of members of different races in the same community
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    force, violence
    an act of aggression (as one against a person who resists)
  3. verb
    take part in a riot; disturb the public peace by engaging in a riot
    “Students were rioting everywhere in 1968”
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    act violently, recklessly, or destructively
  4. noun
    a wild gathering
    synonyms: bacchanal, bacchanalia, debauch, debauchery, drunken revelry, saturnalia
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    revel, revelry
    unrestrained merrymaking
  5. verb
    engage in boisterous, drunken merrymaking
    synonyms: carouse, roister
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    jollify, make happy, make merry, make whoopie, racket, revel, wassail, whoop it up
    celebrate noisily, often indulging in drinking; engage in uproarious festivities
  6. noun
    a joke that seems extremely funny
    synonyms: belly laugh, howler, scream, sidesplitter, thigh-slapper, wow
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    gag, jape, jest, joke, laugh
    a humorous anecdote or remark intended to provoke laughter
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