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
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.
Origin and Etymology of explosion
Latin explosion-, explosio act of driving off by clapping, from explodere
First Known Use: 1667
EXPLOSION Defined for English Language Learners
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
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
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