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ex·plo·sion

(eks-plō'zhŭn),
A sudden and violent increase in volume accompanied by noise and release of energy, as from a chemical change, nuclear reaction, or escape of gases or vapors under pressure.
[L. explosio, fr. explodo, to drive away by clapping]

explosion

1 a sudden and violent decomposition of a chemical compound.
2 a sudden radical breakout.
The rapid expansion of a thing or process

explosion

1. The rapid expansion of a thing. See Charge explosion, Code explosion, Cultural explosion.
2. Boom(!).

ex·plo·sion

(eks-plō'zhŭn)
Sudden and violent increase in volume accompanied by noise and release of energy.
[L. explosio, fr. explodo, to drive away by clapping]

explosion,

n a violent, noisy outbreak caused by a sudden release of energy.
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Out of all this fierce torrent of sensation one impression rose and became cardinal--the impression of the men of the Theodore Roosevelt who had struggled in the water after the explosion of the first bomb.
As the flames gained headway it became apparent to Tarzan that whatever had caused the explosion had scattered some highly inflammable substance upon the surrounding woodwork, for the water which they poured in from the pump seemed rather to spread than to extinguish the blaze.
I picketed the great embankments thrown up around our lines by the dynamite explosion -- merely a look- out of a couple of boys to announce the enemy when he should appear again.
The rock, already shaken by the explosion, tottered on its base.
The ship was listing frightfully to starboard, rendering the port boats useless, while half the starboard boats had been demolished by the explosion.
Then there was a deafening explosion, the thunder of falling masonry, and a house by the side of the arch broke suddenly into flames.
Gazing over the edge, they looked down upon the horrible destruction which had been caused by the explosion.
Very shortly thereafter the earth shook to the explosion of a shell within the city, and from time to time thereafter other shells burst at no great distance from the palace.
In sheer excitement he swore cheerfully--invoking thunder and lightning, explosion and blood, in return for the compliments profusely paid to him by the pedestrian and the pedestrian's son.
It was a thing to be done with perfect confidence, without any of that apprehension which Claire inspired lest the next remark might prove the spark to cause an explosion.
Jennings will be so very kind, I should like to be warned of the explosion this time.
After throwing the bomb this last got away, but it is supposed that, seeing a lot of people surging up on all sides of him in the falling snow, and all running towards the scene of the explosion, he thought it safer to turn back with them.