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



  • 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web Companies like Xylem and Hannon-Armstrong would benefit tremendously from this explosion in the use of innovative funding tools. Norman Anderson, Forbes, "The State Of The (Infrastructure) Union - An Engaging $2 Trillion Vision," 28 Apr. 2021 Kingston police didn't report any injuries from the explosion. Connor Spielmaker And Scottie Andrew, CNN, "A New Hampshire explosion was triggered by a gender reveal party, police say," 23 Apr. 2021 The fire department said debris from the explosion landed a block and a half away. Kim Hyatt, Star Tribune, "Two men injured in explosion at St. Paul scrap yard," 4 Apr. 2021 Much of the city of Pompeii remains buried beneath a layer of ash from the infamous explosion of Mt. Vesuvius, but archaeologists are still unearthing artefacts. Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, "Restored 2nd-century Frescoes in Pompeii Reveal Vibrant Colors and Scenes," 26 Feb. 2021 The company was already on probation because of earlier convictions arising from the 2010 San Bruno gas pipeline explosion. J.d. Morris, San Francisco Chronicle, "Victims fund sues 22 former PG&E officials over 2017, '18 wildfires - wants more money," 24 Feb. 2021 In October 2019, 56-year-old Iowa resident Pamela Kreimeyer was killed by debris from an explosion at a gender reveal party. NBC News, "New York state father-to-be killed when gender reveal prop explodes," 22 Feb. 2021 Alabama: Cooled off considerably from a 115-point explosion last weekend against Georgia. John Zenor, ajc, "Shackelford's 27 helps No. 8 Alabama hold off Vandy, 82-78," 20 Feb. 2021 The 30-year-old Oscar winner was hit in the eye by debris from a special effects explosion gone awry and rushed off the set, which brought filming on the big-budget comedy to a halt. Hayley Kaufman, BostonGlobe.com, "Back on set, Jennifer Lawrence lip-locks with Timothee Chalamet in ‘Don’t Look Up’," 9 Feb. 2021

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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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6 May 2021

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“Explosion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/explosion. Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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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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