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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]
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]
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Fifteen minutes after the explosion great, black clouds of smoke were rising from the hold of the doomed vessel.
Only the sailors could bring away any belongings, for the fire, which had not yet reached the forecastle, had consumed all in the vicinity of the cabin which the explosion had not destroyed.
Then there came faintly to them from across the water the sound of a second explosion. The Kincaid settled rapidly almost immediatel thereafter, and sank within a few minutes.
In the midst of them was a terrific explosion, seemingly from deep in the earth.
In return it was argued by the prosecution that the weakness of the bomb was a blunder on the part of the socialists, just as its premature explosion, caused by Ernest's losing his nerve and dropping it, was a blunder.
This is directly in line with the fact that the bomb was lightly charged, and that its explosion at Everhard's feet was not deadly.
Merridew has gone to bed, on the distinct understanding that the explosion is to take place at nine to-morrow morning, and that I am not to stir out of this part of the house until she comes and sets me free.
We heard a loud explosion apparently directly above us; the craft trembled to the shock which threw us all to the deck.
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.
By a miracle he had escaped being struck by the flying splinters of iron, and, thanks to his strong heart, had escaped being killed by the shock of the explosion. Not until the end of five minutes of mad struggling, in which he behaved for all the world like a beheaded chicken, did he find life tolerable again.
The explosion had blown in the wall and cut off the only path by which they could descend.
There was little fight left in the peasants, however, still dazed by the explosion, amazed at their own losses and disheartened by the arrival of the disciplined archers.