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.
Recent Examples of explosion from the Web
FILE -- In this May 31, 2017 file photo, an injured man is seen after an explosion in Kabul, Afghanistan.
But imagine having to listen to even louder explosions once every ten seconds, for days or weeks on end.
The explosion in low-cost, index-tracking E.T.F.s and soaring technology stocks is generating existential angst among portfolio managers working in traditional mutual fund companies.
Marietta's @_Azeez_8 with some excellent explosion at the snap.
As the food-stamp program expanded nationally, there was an explosion of EBT cards’ showing up in drug arrests.
Police and firefighters responded to an explosion that came about 9:40 a.m. One witness told the St. Joseph News-Press that the damage knocked out the four exterior walls of the home and collapsed its roof.
Although the Fukushima facility suffered three meltdowns, several explosions, the release of radioactive material from multiple reactors and the overheating of a pool used to store spent fuel, no one has died from the crisis.
Officials are investigating an explosion that led to a warehouse fire in Belcamp Wednesday evening, according to a news release from the State Fire Marshal.
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Origin and Etymology of explosion
Latin explosion-, explosio act of driving off by clapping, from explodere
First Known Use: 1681See Words from the same year
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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