- an act or instance of exploding; a violent expansion or bursting with noise, as of gunpowder or a boiler (opposed to implosion).
- the noise itself: The loud explosion woke them.
- a violent outburst, as of laughter or anger.
- a sudden, rapid, or great increase: a population explosion.
- the burning of the mixture of fuel and air in an internal-combustion engine.
- Phonetics. plosion.
Origin of explosion
Related Words for explosionburst, outbreak, blast, detonation, outburst, firing, combustion, salvo, fit, blowout, roar, gust, concussion, flare-up, pop, access, percussion, bang, crack, report
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Contemporary Examples of explosion
Pleasure shoots magically in every direction like an explosion of sparks.‘A Gronking to Remember’ Speed Read: 8 Naughtiest Bits
January 7, 2015
At least two people were injured in the explosion but no fatalities have been reported.Fireworks Factory Explodes in Colorful Burst
The Daily Beast Video
January 6, 2015
But since that explosion of popularity, Angry Birds has become about everything else.Lost For Thousands of Strokes: 'Desert Golfing' Is 'Angry Birds' as Modern Art
January 2, 2015
Even a relatively small 250-pound bomb could kill or injure friendly troops who are within 650 feet of the explosion.New U.S. Stealth Jet Can’t Fire Its Gun Until 2019
December 31, 2014
Now is hardly the time to be doing anything on the so-called peace process other than trying to avoid an explosion on the ground.Why We Should Delay The Israel-Palestinian Peace Process
Aaron David Miller
December 19, 2014
Historical Examples of explosion
He must 'a' got caught in an explosion of freckles sometime.
This explosion of the doctor's meant that he invited and awaited some contradiction.
Last of all, there was the explosion, the carrying off of the coin in its canvas sacks to the horses.
But the way they'll find it out will be in an explosion that will wipe them out.
It fell slowly, with a crash that was like a faint echo of the explosion.
- the act or an instance of exploding
- a violent release of energy resulting from a rapid chemical or nuclear reaction, esp one that produces a shock wave, loud noise, heat, and lightCompare implosion (def. 1)
- a sudden or violent outburst of activity, noise, emotion, etc
- a rapid increase, esp in a population
- phonetics another word for plosion
Word Origin for explosion
1620s, "action of driving out with violence and noise," from French explosion, from Latin explosionem (nominative explosio), noun of action from past participle stem of explodere "drive out by clapping" (see explode for origin and sense evolution). Meaning "going off with violence and noise" is from 1660s. Sense of "rapid increase or development" is first attested 1953.
- A violent blowing apart or bursting caused by energy released from a very fast chemical reaction, a nuclear reaction, or the escape of gases under pressure.