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  • 1A violent shattering or blowing apart of something, as is caused by a bomb.

    ‘three explosions damaged buildings at the barracks’
    • ‘an explosion of methane gas’
    • ‘A medic had found her on the platform near one of the commuter trains that had been ripped apart by twin bomb explosions.’
    • ‘The peace in the town was shattered by the explosion, which blew out doors and windows and sprayed glass across the street.’
    • ‘In the northern province, a bomb explosion damaged an oil pipeline.’
    • ‘The vehicle was damaged in an explosion of a bomb planted on a road 5-6 km east of the camp.’
    • ‘A passerby was wounded, several cars were damaged and windows in nearby building were shattered by the explosion.’
    • ‘That explosion shattered windows and caused heavy damage in one of the city's busiest areas.’
    • ‘The facades and windows had been blown out by the explosion and smoke was billowing from the building.’
    • ‘Then a series of explosions blew more the ship apart until, finally, the reactor detonated in a dazzling spiral of flames and blue light.’
    • ‘Fire engulfed the ships, and explosions from ammunition blew the ships apart.’
    • ‘The ball was fired into the wall with an explosion like a bomb going off, blowing out a hole in the wall the size of a small house.’
    • ‘The country is caught in a vicious web of bloody violence caused by grenade and bomb explosions, numerous bomb threats and the inability of the security forces to stop these.’
    • ‘Earlier today there were at least two reported car bomb explosions outside three churches in an area called Karadi.’
    • ‘The number of bomb explosions has soared to 85 cases this year, a five-fold leap from last year, which saw 17 cases.’
    • ‘Three additional explosions caused by roadside bombs killed three insurgents planting the devices, police said.’
    • ‘The death toll in the car bomb explosions has now risen to 28 with 80 seriously injured ad over 100 suffering with other injuries.’
    • ‘The explosions occurred just minutes apart.’
    • ‘There were no bullets and the explosions were made by blowing up a mixture of peat and cork, but the anxiety and tension were all too real more than 85 years after the Armistice.’
    • ‘The sound of thunder ripped me from my slumber, not one, not two but three enormous explosions shattered the still morning air.’
    • ‘We held hands until a sudden explosion beneath us caused the hotel to rock violently.’
    • ‘The number of the injured in the explosion amount to more than 1,300, excluding over 160 deaths that have been reported.’
    detonation, discharge, eruption, blowing up, ignition
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    1. 1.1 technical A violent expansion in which energy is transmitted outwards as a shock wave.
      ‘The researchers also plan to measure the speed of the explosion's shock wave to get further data.’
      • ‘When massive stars die, most of their energy is released as neutrinos in violent supernova explosions.’
      • ‘They carry a large fraction of the kinetic energy of the explosions of very massive stars.’
      • ‘If the energy from stellar explosions doesn't destroy them, ultraviolet light from nearby ultraluminous stars will.’
      • ‘They are cooler areas and tend to erupt in gigantic explosions sending a tremendous amount of radiation towards the earth.’
      explosion, detonation, discharge, burst, eruption
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  • 2A sudden outburst of something such as violent emotion, especially anger.

    ‘an explosion of anger inside the factory’
    • ‘Finding oneself faced by danger, difficulties, sudden outburst or an explosion of anger, one shouldn't react quickly.’
    • ‘Jason couldn't understand her sudden explosion of anger and he knew there had to be more to what was bothering her than the spider prank.’
    • ‘Described as powerful, domineering and charismatic, he alternated affection with explosions of anger that terrified children and staff.’
    • ‘We do not particularly approve of the explosions of anger.’
    • ‘The same explosion of public anger and immediate calls for improved safety followed the deaths of 31 people in the rail crash in October last year.’
    • ‘The protests were explosions of anger in which typically anywhere between 500 and 1,000 protesters blocked busy roads with burning barricades.’
    • ‘The heavy explosion of hatred, anger, hurt, confusion and… some deeply hidden terror struck her like an A-bomb.’
    • ‘This provoked an explosion of anger by rank-and-file workers.’
    • ‘Nero had to quickly prepare himself for the explosion of anger that was to come.’
    • ‘The recent explosion of popular anger comes after centuries of misrule.’
    • ‘City officials are worried that another horrific police killing could provoke an explosion of popular anger given the deepening social crisis in New York.’
    • ‘Constantly downing cans of beer, he only relates to his son with silence, self-hatred, and sudden explosions of violence.’
    • ‘Isolation led to claustrophobia led to sudden explosions of violence.’
    • ‘From the beginning the relationship was volatile, with constant emotional explosions.’
    • ‘The first signs that all is not well may be anything from a slow escalation of irritable behaviour to a sudden explosion of violence.’
    • ‘In an explosion of emotions, I broke down and cried.’
    • ‘It is an explosion of emotions and, by the end of the show, she is left sweating and gasping for breath.’
    • ‘As the energy swirled about him, he marvelled at the sudden explosion of power that surged through his veins.’
    • ‘The strong emphasis on peaceful conduct and emotional control can result in explosions of violent behavior under the influence of alcohol.’
    outburst, flare-up, blow-up, outbreak, eruption, storm, rush, spate, surge, rash, wave, access, effusion
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    1. 2.1A sudden political or social upheaval.
      ‘there will have to be sweeping changes if the political leaders want to avoid an explosion’
      • ‘Even more important, as far as Western capitalist interests are concerned, is the threat of social and political explosions in huge areas of the world.’
      • ‘But they are concerned - and rightly so - that an attempt to call off the November election could produce a social and political explosion.’
      • ‘The brain drain of the late 1960s was a harbinger of the social explosion or the February Revolution of 1970.’
      • ‘At the same time, the regime is desperate to avoid a social explosion.’
      • ‘The post 1966 government achieved initial economic success and then collapsed in an explosion of social protest.’
      • ‘Because of its size, complexity and potential for igniting international political explosions, this case is already creating drama.’
      • ‘That negative view persists because the burning issues thrown up in the course of the social explosions are never resolved.’
      • ‘If push ever came to shove, and there was a social explosion, I have little doubt that the Declaration of the Rights of Man would have little influence on the official response.’
      • ‘Many still see the danger of a social explosion even if the government appears to have regained the upper hand over the rebels for now.’
      • ‘The outcome of the approaching political explosions will depend decisively on the degree to which this new perspective gains influence.’
      • ‘This is a city of massive contradictions, and you can see why the wealthy are fearful of social explosions.’
      • ‘The protests will prove to be a dress rehearsal compared with greater social explosions that will occur in the future.’
      • ‘Within the ruling elite, there are fears that re-establishment of conscription under the present circumstances would lead to a political explosion.’
      • ‘He expressed the concern that if redundancy money were simply spent on necessities, there would be a social explosion waiting to happen when that money ran out.’
      • ‘The deputies blamed him for instigating a social explosion through his law-and-order policies and provocative statements.’
      • ‘Many agree on one point: If no action is taken, the country runs the risk of a social explosion.’
      • ‘A political explosion happened this weekend in New York, and it may be the big one that gives some in the government nightmares.’
      • ‘The fear of a social explosion goes a long way to explain the crass media manipulation of the current changing of the guard at New York's City Hall.’
      • ‘It indicates that the ruling elite fears a social explosion.’
      • ‘Even though there are many peaceful and democratic people, it is too difficult to stop a social explosion.’
  • 3A sudden increase in amount or extent.

    ‘an explosion in the adder population’
    • ‘Directly, the explosion in house prices and the sustained increases in rents is driving up the cost of living and exerting pressure on pay demands.’
    • ‘Improving medical technology alone has led to an explosion in the amount of treatment and surgery that's not only possible, but deemed to be necessary.’
    • ‘Wine from the United States has seen a similar explosion in sales, increasing from £33.4m to almost £309m.’
    • ‘Since 1953 there has been a virtual explosion in the amount of information about the structure and function of DNA.’
    • ‘There has been an explosion in the amount of legal advertising on television in the last decade or so.’
    • ‘There was no sudden explosion in prices or availability of petrol at the pumps.’
    • ‘An explosion in scrap steel prices during the first quarter got the ball rolling with huge price increases for almost every construction product made of steel.’
    • ‘An explosion in property prices could follow in the second and third quarters.’
    • ‘There is no precedent in Irish history for the explosion in property prices, both residential and commercial, over the past decade.’
    • ‘As we may well be on the verge of an explosion in metals prices, you should be making your investments accordingly.’
    • ‘There is concern the explosion in steel prices will push general inflation.’
    • ‘This adds to the severe problems of a market on the knife's edge of a price explosion.’
    • ‘The growing realisation that computer skills can make or break people's future prospects may have helped to explain the explosion in popularity of information technology.’
    • ‘I am convinced that we are approaching a bifurcation of similar magnitude that is connected to the explosion of information technology.’
    • ‘There has been an exponential explosion in the financial planning industry, a whole industry dedicated to making people wealthy.’
    • ‘These developments were the beginning of the technology which has grown exponentially towards its modern explosion.’
    • ‘The slow accretion of shanty towns to the shell of the city is punctuated by storms of poverty and sudden explosions of slum-building.’
    • ‘But if not, then there could be a sulfurous explosion of political animosity.’
    • ‘The early 80s saw an explosion in political button badges but since then, button badge manufacturing has gone into steady decline.’
    • ‘Framed by the two world wars, this was a fascinating period with an explosion of political, artistic and cultural movements that still resonate with us today.’
    sudden increase, rapid increase, dramatic increase, mushrooming, snowballing, escalation, multiplication, burgeoning, rocketing, shooting up
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/ɪkˈspləʊʒn/ /ɛkˈspləʊʒn/


Early 17th century from Latin explosio(n-) ‘scornful rejection’, from the verb explodere (see explode).