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explosion

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noun ex·plo·sion \ik-ˈsplō-zhən\

Simple Definition of explosion

  • : the sudden, loud, and violent release of energy that happens when something (such as a bomb) breaks apart in a way that sends parts flying outward

  • : a sudden and very fast increase

  • : a sudden expression of some strong emotion

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of explosion

  1. 1 :  the act or an instance of exploding <injured in a laboratory explosion>

  2. 2 :  a large-scale, rapid, or spectacular expansion or bursting out or forth <the explosion of suburbia> <an explosion of red hair>

  3. 3 :  the release of occluded breath that occurs in one kind of articulation of stop consonants

Examples of explosion in a sentence

  1. The filmmakers staged the car's explosion.

  2. The island was rocked by a series of volcanic explosions.

  3. The region has experienced a population explosion.

  4. His comments prompted an explosion of laughter from the crowd.



Origin and Etymology of explosion

Latin explosion-, explosio act of driving off by clapping, from explodere


First Known Use: 1667



EXPLOSION Defined for Kids

explosion

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noun ex·plo·sion \ik-ˈsplō-zhən\

Definition of explosion for Students

  1. 1 :  a sudden and noisy bursting (as of a bomb) :  the act of exploding

  2. 2 :  a sudden outburst of feeling




Medical Dictionary

explosion

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noun ex·plo·sion \ik-ˈsplō-zhən\

Medical Definition of explosion

  1. :  the act or an instance of exploding





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