Definition of Explosion

1. Noun. A violent release of energy caused by a chemical or nuclear reaction.

Exact synonyms: Blowup, Detonation
Generic synonyms: Discharge
Specialized synonyms: Airburst, Blast, Backfire, Big Bang, Backfire, Blowback, Fragmentation, Inflation
Derivative terms: Blow Up, Detonate, Explode

2. Noun. The act of exploding or bursting. "The burst of an atom bomb creates enormous radiation aloft"
Exact synonyms: Burst
Generic synonyms: Change Of Integrity
Specialized synonyms: Detonation, Fulmination
Derivative terms: Burst, Burst, Explode, Explode

3. Noun. A sudden great increase. "The information explosion"
Generic synonyms: Increase
Derivative terms: Explode

4. Noun. The noise caused by an explosion. "The explosion was heard a mile away"
Generic synonyms: Noise

5. Noun. The terminal forced release of pressure built up during the occlusive phase of a stop consonant.
Exact synonyms: Plosion
Generic synonyms: Release, Tone Ending
Group relationships: Occlusive, Plosive, Plosive Consonant, Plosive Speech Sound, Stop, Stop Consonant
Derivative terms: Explode

6. Noun. A sudden outburst. "An explosion of rage"
Generic synonyms: Blowup, Ebullition, Effusion, Gush, Outburst
Derivative terms: Explode

7. Noun. A golf shot from a bunker that typically moves sand as well as the golf ball.
Generic synonyms: Golf Shot, Golf Stroke, Swing

Definition of Explosion

1. n. 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.

Definition of Explosion

1. Noun. A violent release of energy (sometimes mechanical, nuclear, or chemical.) ¹

2. Noun. A bursting due to pressure. ¹

3. Noun. The sound of an explosion. ¹

4. Noun. A sudden uncontrolled increase. ¹

5. Noun. A sudden outburst. ¹

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Definition of Explosion

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Medical Definition of Explosion

1. 1. 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. 2. A bursting with violence and loud noise, because of internal pressure; as, the explosion of a gun, a bomb, a steam boiler, etc. 3. A violent outburst of feeling, manifested by excited language, action, etc.; as, an explosion of wrath. "A formidable explosion of high-church fanaticism." (Macaulay) Origin: L. Explosio a driving off by clapping: cf. F. Explosion explosion. See Explode. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Explosion

explorer's gentian
exploring electrode
exploring needle
explosion (current term)
explosive charge
explosive compound
explosive decompression
explosive detection system
explosive device
explosive mixture
explosive speech
explosive trace detection
explosive unit

Literary usage of Explosion

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Transactions by American Ethnological Society (1861)
"ON the 20th day of December, 1860, at about half-past 8 o'clock in the evening, an explosion took place in the East and West Minor Pits, which was attended ..."

2. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1910)
"explosion is a reaction which proceeds with increased velocity, and is accompanied by a rise of temperature, the ignition point depending on the heat ..."

3. Journal of the American Chemical Society by American Chemical Society (1898)
"These difficulties may be avoided and the carbon monoxide, hydrogen, methane, and nitrogen may be determined by explosion, if the determination is ..."

4. Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Standard Work of Reference in Art, Literature (1907)
"On the other hand, chlorine gas, liberated by the explosion of chlorate of potash and chloride of nitrogen, is very heavy, so that considerable variation ..."

5. Dictionary of National Biography by LESLIE. STEPHEN (1887)
"The attack was made on the night of 11 April, but with the exception of one explosion vessel, commanded by Cochrane in person, which shattered the boom in ..."

6. Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific by Astronomical Society of the Pacific (1892)
"ESH POWDER explosion AT WEST BERKELEY, JULY 9, 1892. The following account of the great explosion is copied from Industry for August, 1892 : "The Giant ..."

7. The Invasion of the Crimea: Its Origin, and an Account of Its Progress Down by Alexander Kinglake (1877)
"The explosion, although so great a one as to be seen and heard from afar by the English as well as the French, was less widely apparent to the ..."

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