What does explosion mean?

Definitions for explosion
ɪkˈsploʊ ʒənex·plo·sion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. explosion, detonation, blowupnoun

    a violent release of energy caused by a chemical or nuclear reaction

  2. explosion, burstnoun

    the act of exploding or bursting

    "the explosion of the firecrackers awoke the children"; "the burst of an atom bomb creates enormous radiation aloft"

  3. explosionnoun

    a sudden great increase

    "the population explosion"; "the information explosion"

  4. explosionnoun

    the noise caused by an explosion

    "the explosion was heard a mile away"

  5. plosion, explosionnoun

    the terminal forced release of pressure built up during the occlusive phase of a stop consonant

  6. explosionnoun

    a sudden outburst

    "an explosion of laughter"; "an explosion of rage"

  7. explosionnoun

    a golf shot from a bunker that typically moves sand as well as the golf ball


  1. Explosionnoun

    a sudden and substantial increase; a rapid acceleration; as, the population explosion.


  1. explosionnoun

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

  2. explosionnoun

    A bursting due to pressure.

  3. explosionnoun

    The sound of an explosion.

  4. explosionnoun

    A sudden uncontrolled increase.

  5. explosionnoun

    A sudden outburst.

  6. Etymology: From explosionis, genitive form of explosio, from explodo, from ex- and plodo

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Explosionnoun

    The act of driving out any thing with noise and violence.

    Etymology: from explode.

    Those parts which abound with strata of stone, or marble, making the strongest opposition, are the most furiously shattered; an event observable not only in this, but all other explosions whatever. John Woodward, Natural History.

    In gunpowder the charcoal and sulphur easily take fire, and set fire to the nitre; and the spirit of the nitre being thereby rarified into vapour, rushes out with explosion, after the manner that the vapour of water rushes out of an æolipile: the sulphur also, being volatile, is converted into vapour, and augments the explosion. Isaac Newton, Opt.

    With explosion vast,
    The thunder raises his tremendous voice. James Thomson.


  1. Explosion

    An explosion is a rapid expansion in volume associated with an extreme outward release of energy, usually with the generation of high temperatures and release of high-pressure gases. Supersonic explosions created by high explosives are known as detonations and travel through shock waves. Subsonic explosions are created by low explosives through a slower combustion process known as deflagration.


  1. explosion

    An explosion can be generally defined as a sudden and violent release of energy, typically accompanied by a combination of intense heat, noise, light, and pressure. It occurs when a rapid chemical, nuclear, or mechanical reaction occurs, causing the rapid expansion and release of gases or materials. Explosions can have various causes, including combustion, chemical reactions, or physical force, and can result in damaging or destructive effects on the surrounding environment and objects.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Explosionnoun

    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. Explosionnoun

    a bursting with violence and loud noise, because of internal pressure; as, the explosion of a gun, a bomb, a steam boiler, etc

  3. Explosionnoun

    a violent outburst of feeling, manifested by excited language, action, etc.; as, an explosion of wrath

  4. Etymology: [L. explosio a driving off by clapping: cf. F. explosion explosion. See Explode.]


  1. Explosion

    An explosion is a rapid increase in volume and release of energy in an extreme manner, usually with the generation of high temperatures and the release of gases. Supersonic explosions created by high explosives are known as detonations and travel via supersonic shock waves. Subsonic explosions are created by low explosives through a slower burning process known as deflagration.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz


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Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. explosion

    The sudden enlargement of the volume of a body by its conversion into gas or vapor. (See Explosives.) The explosion of powder may be divided into three distinct parts, viz.: ignition, inflammation, and combustion, all of which see under their proper headings.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'explosion' in Nouns Frequency: #1731

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of explosion in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of explosion in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of explosion in a Sentence

  1. Abner Read:

    It was quite a violent explosion, if the explosion had been a few feet further [the ship] wouldn’t have stayed afloat. No water got up into the forward compartments— it was a very clean break.

  2. Manuel Berbín:

    We heard the first explosion, and we were there thinking that it could have been a firework that exploded close to our apartment then we heard the second explosion, that was very strong. We went to the window, and at that time we saw the soldiers start to run, they started to move the cars quickly, the sirens started going.

  3. William Bottke:

    In an explosion, there is often collateral damage, where nearby buildings and innocent bystanders are affected, investigators can learn about the explosive device and the explosion itself by studying what happened to people, infrastructure, and whether trace amounts of the explosive device can be found among the blast damage. Here, the 'innocent bystanders' were the main-belt asteroids.

  4. Germaine Greer:

    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.

  5. Carl E. C. Weekley:

    There was no explosion.Everything was all okay

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