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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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came a vast explosion in the forward part of the flagship, and a huge piece of metalwork seemed to lift out of her and dump itself into the sea, dropping men and leaving a gap into which a prompt drachenflieger planted a flaring bomb.
When they scampered away at the sound of the terrific explosions, and at sight of the smoke and the iron balls I landed a couple of hundred red warriors and led them to the opposite end of the hill into the tunnel that ran to its summit.
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.
The explosion had blown in the wall and cut off the only path by which they could descend.
The remaining forty received sentences varying from thirty to forty-five years; while Arthur Simpson, referred to in the Manuscript as being ill of typhoid fever at the time of the explosion, received only fifteen years.
There was a rending crash above us, then a deafening explosion within the chamber.
He started the engine, and with a wild burr of gas explosions the beautiful fabric darted down the launching ways and lifted into the air.
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.
At those times, as the howlings and wailings and shrieking of the singers, and the ragings and roarings and explosions of the vast orchestra rose higher and higher, and wilder and wilder, and fiercer and fiercer, I could have cried if I had been alone.
After several months of preparation and an expenditure of a million dollars all was in readiness, and a series of tremendous explosions occurred on the earth and in the sky.