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

Synonyms & Antonyms for explosion



  • implosion
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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.
Recent Examples on the Web Billows of smoke engulfing Hotel Saratoga in Havana, #Cuba moments after massive explosion that ripped it apart. Brigid Kennedy, The Week, 6 May 2022 On top of a massive explosion, the outburst also released a coronal mass ejection. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 25 Apr. 2022 In Kyiv, a massive explosion hit a shopping mall, killing at least eight people and providing further evidence of Russia’s intent to capture the capital city. Washington Post, 21 Mar. 2022 And all of a sudden, there was a massive explosion. Paul Gattis | Pgattis@al.com, al, 20 Mar. 2022 Propane gas was leaking from a rusty tank and eventually came into contact with an electric popcorn machine, causing a massive explosion. Claire Rafford, The Indianapolis Star, 18 Mar. 2022 In the case of the Tonga tsunami, the massive explosion of the volcano displaced the water. Sally Warner, The Conversation, 19 Jan. 2022 The shockwave created by the massive explosion traveled around the world twice and was reportedly heard in Alaska, about 5,000 miles away. oregonlive, 19 Jan. 2022 The startling satellite images resembled a massive nuclear explosion. Nick Perry, Anchorage Daily News, 18 Jan. 2022 See More

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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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The first known use of explosion was in 1681

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18 May 2022

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“Explosion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/explosion. Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for explosion


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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