Other forms: explosions

Whether it's a bursting balloon or a detonating bomb, you're sure to notice an explosion. An explosion involves a sudden and often violent burst of energy.

The noun explosion is useful when you're talking about a watermelon smashing on the pavement or the burst of fireworks overhead, but it can also describe a sudden increase in something, like an explosion of excitement at a birthday party when the pony arrives. Originally, explosion was used to mean "scornful rejection," from its root in the Latin explodere, "hiss off the stage," and a disappointed audience today might still be described as "exploding with boos."

Definitions of explosion
  1. noun
    the act of exploding or bursting
    “the explosion of the firecrackers awoke the children”
    synonyms: burst
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    the act of detonating an explosive
    the act of exploding with noise and violence
    the act of exploding a percussion cap
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    change of integrity
    the act of changing the unity or wholeness of something
  2. noun
    a violent release of energy caused by a chemical or nuclear reaction
    synonyms: blowup, detonation
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    an explosion in the atmosphere
    an explosion (as of dynamite)
    a loud noise made by the explosion of fuel in the manifold or exhaust of an internal combustion engine
    big bang
    (cosmology) the cosmic explosion that is hypothesized to have marked the origin of the universe
    backfire, blowback
    the backward escape of gases and unburned gunpowder after a gun is fired
    the scattering of bomb fragments after the bomb explodes
    (cosmology) a brief exponential expansion of the universe (faster than the speed of light) postulated to have occurred shortly after the big bang
    bomb blast
    the explosion of a bomb
    back-blast, backblast
    backfire from a recoilless weapon
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    the sudden giving off of energy
  3. noun
    the noise caused by an explosion
    “the explosion was heard a mile away”
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    sound of any kind (especially unintelligible or dissonant sound)
  4. noun
    a sudden outburst
    “an explosion of laughter”
    “an explosion of rage”
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    blowup, ebullition, effusion, gush, outburst
    an unrestrained expression of emotion
  5. noun
    a sudden great increase
    “the population explosion
    “the information explosion
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    a change resulting in an increase
  6. noun
    the terminal forced release of pressure built up during the occlusive phase of a stop consonant
    synonyms: plosion
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    release, tone ending
    (music) the act or manner of terminating a musical phrase or tone
  7. noun
    a golf shot from a bunker that typically moves sand as well as the golf ball
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    golf shot, golf stroke, swing
    the act of swinging a golf club at a golf ball and (usually) hitting it




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