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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.


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


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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