Definition of explosion in English:

explosion

Line breaks: ex¦plo|sion
Pronunciation: /ɪkˈspləʊʒ(ə)n
 
, ɛk-/

noun

  • 1A violent shattering or blowing apart of something, as is caused by a bomb: three explosions damaged buildings at the barracks an explosion of methane gas
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    • A medic had found her on the platform near one of the commuter trains that had been ripped apart by twin bomb explosions.
    • The peace in the town was shattered by the explosion, which blew out doors and windows and sprayed glass across the street.
    • In the northern province, a bomb explosion damaged an oil pipeline.
    Synonyms
    detonation, discharge, eruption, blowing up, ignition; bang, blast, boom, rumble, crash, crack, report, thunder, roll, clap, pop
    informal wham, whump
    literary fulmination
  • 1.1 technical A violent expansion in which energy is transmitted outwards as a shock wave.
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    • The researchers also plan to measure the speed of the explosion's shock wave to get further data.
    • When massive stars die, most of their energy is released as neutrinos in violent supernova explosions.
    • They carry a large fraction of the kinetic energy of the explosions of very massive stars.
  • 3A sudden increase in amount or extent: an explosion in the adder population
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    • Directly, the explosion in house prices and the sustained increases in rents is driving up the cost of living and exerting pressure on pay demands.
    • Improving medical technology alone has led to an explosion in the amount of treatment and surgery that's not only possible, but deemed to be necessary.
    • Wine from the United States has seen a similar explosion in sales, increasing from £33.4m to almost £309m.
    Synonyms
    sudden increase, rapid increase, dramatic increase, mushrooming, snowballing, escalation, multiplication, burgeoning, rocketing, shooting up

Origin

early 17th century: from Latin explosio(n-) 'scornful rejection', from the verb explodere (see explode).

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