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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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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.
The cause of the second explosion was less a mystery than that of the first, the mate attributing it to the bursting of the boilers when the flames had finally reached them; but what had caused the first explosion was a subject of considerable speculation among the stranded company.
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.
"The explosions of last night have blown off the outside of the cliffs-- that which we see is the vast bed of china clay through which the Worm originally found its way down to its lair.
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.
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.
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.
They were in time to see the flash of the exploding gun, and then they were first flattened against the window and then rolled head over heels across the floor of the cabin by the air wave of the explosion. The Vaterland bounded like a football some one has kicked and when they looked out again, Union Square was small and remote and shattered, as though some cosmically vast giant had rolled over it.
All night he had clutched at that rim, jumped and quivered at explosions, and watched phantom events.

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