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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No one took responsibility for the bombing, but the Taliban said it was not involved in the wedding explosion, according to a statement posted on its official website. Washington Post, "Child suicide bomber kills 5 at Afghan wedding," 12 July 2019 The blast occurred inside the vehicle some 2,460 feet meters from a local government office in the neighboring town of Reyhanli, according to the Anadolu Agency, adding that two additional people were also injured in the explosion. Fox News, "Car-bomb kills 2 near Turkish-Syrian border," 6 July 2019 Nearby shops were also burnt down in the explosion after fuel from the crash spilled on them, officials said. Bukola Adebayo And Johnson Babajide, CNN, "Nigeria oil tanker explosion kills at least 50 people," 2 July 2019 The gas valve that had been fueling the blaze had been shut off and the tank involved in the explosion isolated, officials said. USA TODAY, "Mermaid Parade, Lincoln’s Bible, District 12: News from around our 50 states," 24 June 2019 And over the course of my own lifetime, that same bias has been expressed explicitly in the explosion of mass incarceration and a criminal justice system that has criminalized and disenfranchised Black and Brown communities. Essence, "Cory Booker On Juneteenth And Honoring Our Ancestors: 'We Must Pay It Forward'," 19 June 2019 He was shot in the stomach once and was injured in an IED explosion. Bree Burkitt, AZCentral.com, "A frantic call, a final standoff: 'Please don't hurt him. He just needs help'," 19 June 2019 Tim Bergling was one of, if not the brightest force in the electronic dance music explosion of the 2010s. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Avicii's Posthumous Album 'Tim' Is Out Now: Stream & Listen," 6 June 2019 No one was injured in the explosion, but as of late May, no arrests had been made. Wired Staff, WIRED, "The One Free Press Coalition Spotlights Journalists Under Attack," 3 June 2019

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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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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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