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Definitions of explosion

  1. the act of exploding or bursting something; " the explosion of the firecrackers awoke the children"; " the burst of an atom bomb creates enormous radiation aloft"
  2. a violent release of energy caused by a chemical or nuclear reaction
  3. the terminal forced release of pressure built up during the occlusive phase of a stop consonant
  4. a golf shot from a bunker that typically moves sand as well as the golf ball
  5. a sudden outburst; " an explosion of laughter"; " an explosion of rage"
  6. the noise caused by an explosion; " the explosion was heard a mile away"
  7. a sudden great increase; " the population explosion"; " the information explosion"
  8. The act of exploding; detonation; a chemical action which causes the sudden formation of a great volume of expanded gas; as, the explosion of gunpowder, of fire damp, etc.
  9. A bursting with violence and loud noise, because of internal pressure; as, the explosion of a gun, a bomb, a steam boiler, etc.
  10. A violent outburst of feeling, manifested by excited language, action, etc.; as, an explosion of wrath.
  11. The act of bursting from a solid to a gaseous state; a sudden bursting with a loud report; a sudden and violent outbreak.
  12. A sudden discharge of nerve force.
  13. Act of exploding: a sudden violent burst with a loud report.
  14. Act of exploding; sudden burst or expansion with noise.
  15. The act of exploding; a sudden and violent outbreak.
  16. A bursting with violence and a loud report, due to the sudden expansion of an elastic fluid; any violent outburst, as of pent- up elements.
  17. A bursting forth with violence and noise; a sudden expansion with noise by excessive internal pressure; the noise itself.
  18. See explode.
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Antonyms for explosion

implosion.

Quotes of explosion

  1. The amount of data and analysis available for free is a true example of information explosion has leveled the playing field for individual investors. – Maria Bartiromo
  2. On my left the shooting had the sharp explosion of the infantry artillery, on my right could be heard the sporadic cannon shots thundering from the front, and up above the sky was clear and the sun bright. – Max Beckmann
  3. Every morning I jump out of bed and step on a landmine. The landmine is me. After the explosion I spent the rest of the day putting the pieces together. – Ray Bradbury
  4. Britain in the 1970s was undoubtedly an economic mess because of the oil price explosion – Barbara Castle
  5. My only requirement for that first story was that there had to be a fight or an explosion on every page. Naturally, no one wanted to publish it, but I liked the character, did a few stories to keep my hand in. – Phil Foglio
  6. We in the West do not refrain from childbirth because we are concerned about the population explosion or because we feel we cannot afford children, but because we do not like children. – Germaine Greer
  7. One thing I congratulate everyone on is the great explosion which has occurred in Washington's Black House and the very important scandal which has gripped leaders of America. – Ayatollah Khomeini
  8. And so we were asleep there in San Diego. And our pilot called us. And his brother was on one of the other planes. And when he was leaving the airport, he saw in his rear view mirror that there was an explosion – Reba McEntire
  9. As in an explosion I would erupt with all the wonderful things I saw and understood in this world. – Boris Pasternak
  10. As far as a Latin explosion I'm sorry, I'm the only Latino who's going to say it, but there is no Latin explosion I'm sorry. Four or five top box office people do not make it an explosion and it's disgusting to me that people will perceive it that way. – Rosie Perez
  11. So most astronauts getting ready to lift off are excited and very anxious and worried about that explosion because if something goes wrong in the first seconds of launch, there's not very much you can do. – Sally Ride
  12. When you're getting ready to launch into space, you're sitting on a big explosion waiting to happen. – Sally Ride
  13. Wars spring from unseen and generally insignificant causes, the first outbreak being often but an explosion of anger. – Thucydides
  14. The next major explosion is going to be when genetics and computers come together. I'm talking about an organic computer- about biological substances that can function like a semiconductor. – Alvin Toffler

Usage examples for explosion

  1. Then the moment after the explosion spring up and follow me. – The Black Bar by George Manville Fenn
  2. Followed a sharp explosion – The Boy Allies at Jutland by Robert L. Drake
  3. I imagine that the extremely loud explosion of the shells in the midst, and perhaps also in the rear of the enemy, led them to suppose that they were attacked from behind. – Ismailia by Samuel W. Baker
  4. That was the explanation of my boy cousin's violent temper, and of the misery of his father and mother after each explosion – A Question of Marriage by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  5. The explosion had not been as severe as Jimmy had been led to believe. – Death Points a Finger by Will Levinrew
  6. Old Materne himself had bent down under the force of the explosion but raising himself quickly, he shouted, Let us revenge ourselves, my children. – The Invasion of France in 1814 by Émile Erckmann Alexandre Chatrian
  7. The explosion kept ringing in his ear painfully. – Death Points a Finger by Will Levinrew
  8. The last word fairly took Mrs. Wesley's breath away; she glanced at the Rector; but the explosion she expected hung fire, although he was breathing hard. – Hetty Wesley by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  9. That was why there was no explosion when Mr. Carnes cut the wire. – The Great Drought by Sterner St. Paul Meek
  10. By the gleam of the explosion they had seen their own eyes full of love and dismay. – Pierre and Luce by Romain Rolland
  11. A man, some quarter of a mile to southward, on the great highway, paused suddenly at sound of this explosion – The Air Trust by George Allan England
  12. The final explosion will soon take place. – The Land of the Changing Sun by William N. Harben
  13. An explosion of some kind takes place in Westminster Hall while all the courts of justice were sitting. – A History of the Four Georges, Volume II (of 4) by Justin McCarthy
  14. There was another, greater explosion a taste of real food! – The Leech by Phillips Barbee
  15. In nine cases out of ten, the explosion is bound to take place; but woe to him who lights the powder! – Other Things Being Equal by Emma Wolf
  16. As to the cause of the explosion I have a notion that it may have been due to an escape of gas. – A Royal Prisoner by Pierre Souvestre Marcel Allain
  17. In the midst of the struggle an explosion was heard above the roar of the battle. – History of Modern Europe 1792-1878 by C. A. Fyffe
  18. Suddenly there would be an explosion sharp and loud, when a root gave way. – The Falls of Niagara and Other Famous Cataracts by George W. Holley
  19. The glowing globe was pierced, there was a small explosion and then the globe and its pedestal vanished. – The Secret of the Ninth Planet by Donald Allen Wollheim
  20. No explosion followed, but the most astonishing thing happened. – The Flying Legion by George Allan England

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