September 09, 2018
Learner's Word of the Day
explosion /ɪkˈsploʊʒən/ noun
explosion
/ɪkˈsploʊʒən/
noun

plural explosions

Cartoon-style drawing of an explosion
Cartoon-style drawing of an explosion
Learner's definition of EXPLOSION

[count]

1 : the sudden, loud, and violent release of energy that happens when something (such as a bomb) breaks apart in a way that sends parts flying outward

  • The filmmakers staged the car's explosion.

  • The island was rocked by a series of volcanic explosions.

  • set off an explosion

2 a : a sudden and very fast increase

  • The region has experienced a population explosion.

  • an explosion of interest

2 b : a sudden expression of some strong emotion

  • an explosion of anger

2 c : a sudden occurrence of laughter

  • His comments prompted an explosion of laughter from the crowd.

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