explosion

noun ex·plo·sion \ ik-ˈsplō-zhən \
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

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

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.

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Origin and Etymology of explosion

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

explosion Synonyms



EXPLOSION Defined for English Language Learners

explosion

noun

Definition of explosion for English Language Learners

  • : 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


EXPLOSION Defined for Kids

explosion

noun ex·plo·sion \ ik-ˈsplō-zhən \

Definition of explosion for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

explosion

noun ex·plo·sion \ ik-ˈsplō-zhən \

medical Definition of explosion

:the act or an instance of exploding


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