Definition of explosion noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ɪkˈspləʊʒn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈsploʊʒn//
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  1. 1  [countable, uncountable] the sudden violent bursting and loud noise of something such as a bomb exploding; the act of deliberately causing something to explode a bomb/nuclear/gas explosion There were two loud explosions and then the building burst into flames. Bomb Squad officers carried out a controlled explosion of the device. 300 people were injured in the explosion. See related entries: Terrorism
  2. 2  [countable] a large, sudden or rapid increase in the amount or number of something a population explosion an explosion of interest in learning Japanese an explosion in oil prices
  3. 3[countable] (formal) a sudden, violent expression of emotion, especially anger synonym outburst Do you know what brought on that explosion? Demonstrators clashed with riot police in an explosion of anger at live animal exports.
  4. Word Originearly 17th cent.: from Latin explosio(n-) ‘scornful rejection’, from the verb explodere ‘drive out by clapping, hiss off the stage’, from ex- ‘out’ + plaudere ‘to clap’.Word Familyexplode verbexplosion nounexplosive adjective noununexploded adjectiveExtra examples 3 people were injured in the explosion. A huge explosion rocked the entire building. A loud explosion echoed around the valley. A massive explosion erupted behind him. A massive explosion ripped through the chemical works. An explosion blew out the front windows. Bomb disposal experts carried out a controlled explosion on the suspect package. How can we keep up with the information explosion? I believe we will see an explosion in lawsuits of this kind. If no action is taken, the country runs the risk of a social explosion. In the 1860s a veritable explosion of major scientific publications took place. The build-up of gas caused a small explosion. The explosion came 20 minutes after a coded warning to the police. The explosion caused major structural damage. The explosion occurred just after midday. The explosion shook nearby homes. The floor shook with a distant explosion. The shock waves of this political explosion engulfed the whole of Europe. There was a muffled explosion somewhere on their right. a great explosion of creativity a nuclear test explosion a sudden explosion in the number of students a sudden explosion of anger The explosion sent a large cloud of smoke and dust into the air. The world changed with the explosion of the first atomic bomb.
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