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English noun: explosion

1. explosion (event) a violent release of energy caused by a chemical or nuclear reaction


Synonymsblowup, detonation


Broader (hypernym)discharge


Narrower (hyponym)airburst, backfire, backfire, big bang, blast, blowback, fragmentation, inflation

2. explosion (act) the act of exploding or bursting


SamplesThe explosion of the firecrackers awoke the children.
The burst of an atom bomb creates enormous radiation aloft.


Synonymsburst


Broader (hypernym)change of integrity


Narrower (hyponym)detonation, fulmination

3. explosion (event) a sudden great increase


SamplesThe population explosion.
The information explosion.


Broader (hypernym)increase

4. explosion (event) the noise caused by an explosion


SamplesThe explosion was heard a mile away.


Broader (hypernym)noise

5. explosion (communication) the terminal forced release of pressure built up during the occlusive phase of a stop consonant


Synonymsplosion


Broader (hypernym)release, tone ending


Part meronymocclusive, plosive, plosive consonant, plosive speech sound, stop, stop consonant

6. explosion (communication) a sudden outburst


SamplesAn explosion of laughter.
An explosion of rage.


Broader (hypernym)blowup, ebullition, effusion, gush, outburst

7. explosion (act) a golf shot from a bunker that typically moves sand as well as the golf ball


Broader (hypernym)golf shot, golf stroke, swing









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