ex·​plo·​sion | \ ik-ˈsplō-zhən How to pronounce explosion (audio) \

Definition of explosion

1 : the act or an instance of exploding injured in a laboratory explosion
2 : a large-scale, rapid, or spectacular expansion or bursting out or forth the explosion of suburbia an explosion of red hair
3 : the release of occluded breath that occurs in one kind of articulation of stop consonants

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Synonyms & Antonyms for explosion


blast, blowup, burst, bursting, detonation, eruption, outburst



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Examples of explosion in a Sentence

The filmmakers staged the car's explosion. The island was rocked by a series of volcanic explosions. The region has experienced a population explosion. His comments prompted an explosion of laughter from the crowd.
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Morsal suffers partial hearing loss from explosions and airstrikes. Kainaz Amaria, Vox, "2018, explained in pictures by women and non-binary photographers," 21 Dec. 2018 From the slow-motion flag-waving to the copious explosions and visually incomprehensible CG action, the series has become the ultimate expression of Bay’s idiosyncratic style. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "Bumblebee proves Transformers movies can actually be resonant and emotional," 20 Dec. 2018 The team rushes to get the injured back to Discovery while an explosion causes Burnham to find another means of exit. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "'Star Trek: Discovery' Season Two Wants You to Forget About Season One," 18 Jan. 2019 Two people were killed and dozens more were injured Monday when an explosion sent flames shooting into the sky from a Bologna-area highway overpass, causing a bridge to partially collapse, Italian police and media reported. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Bologna highway explosion leaves 2 dead, up to 70 injured, Italian police say," 2 Oct. 2018 The explosion killed 14 people and left 60 others wounded, said Gen. Mohib Zeer, an Afghan health official. Habib Khan Totakhil, WSJ, "Suicide Bomber Attacks Kabul Airport on Return of Exiled Vice President," 22 July 2018 The advisory for Playa del Carmen came about two weeks after an explosion on a tourist ferry in Playa del Carmen injured 26 people, including at least five U.S. citizens. Amy B Wang, Washington Post, "American tourist killed by stray bullet in Mexico City while celebrating first wedding anniversary," 10 July 2018 Lucky escapes An explosion at a campaign rally in Zimbabwe attended by Emmerson Mnangagwa, the president, killed two people and injured dozens. The Economist, "Politics this week," 28 June 2018 An explosion rocked a liquor store in the Kensington area of Philadelphia on Wednesday night. Thomas Leavy, CBS News, "Dynamite used in attempted robbery of an ATM in Philadelphia," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of explosion

1681, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for explosion

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

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English Language Learners 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


ex·​plo·​sion | \ ik-ˈsplō-zhən How to pronounce explosion (audio) \

Kids Definition of explosion

1 : a sudden and noisy bursting (as of a bomb) : the act of exploding
2 : a sudden outburst of feeling


ex·​plo·​sion | \ ik-ˈsplō-zhən How to pronounce explosion (audio) \

Medical Definition of explosion

: the act or an instance of exploding

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