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Noun: explosion  ik'splow-zhun
  1. A violent release of energy caused by a chemical or nuclear reaction
    - detonation, blowup, blow-up
  2. The act of exploding or bursting
    "the explosion of the firecrackers awoke the children";
    - burst
  3. A sudden great increase
    "the population explosion"; "the information explosion"
  4. The noise caused by an explosion
    "the explosion was heard a mile away"
  5. The terminal forced release of pressure built up during the occlusive phase of a stop consonant
    - plosion
  6. A sudden outburst
    "an explosion of laughter"; "an explosion of rage"
  7. A golf shot from a bunker that typically moves sand as well as the golf ball

Derived forms: explosions

Type of: blowup [informal], blow-up [informal], change of integrity, discharge, ebullition, effusion, golf shot, golf stroke, gush, increase, noise, outburst, release, swing, tone ending

Part of: occlusive, plosive, plosive consonant, plosive speech sound, stop, stop consonant

Encyclopedia: Explosion