• Underwater mine explosion
    Underwater mine explosion
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n explosion the act of exploding or bursting "the explosion of the firecrackers awoke the children","the burst of an atom bomb creates enormous radiation aloft"
    • n explosion a golf shot from a bunker that typically moves sand as well as the golf ball
    • n explosion a sudden outburst "an explosion of laughter","an explosion of rage"
    • n explosion the terminal forced release of pressure built up during the occlusive phase of a stop consonant
    • n explosion a violent release of energy caused by a chemical or nuclear reaction
    • n explosion the noise caused by an explosion "the explosion was heard a mile away"
    • n explosion a sudden great increase "the population explosion","the information explosion"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The word Popcorn is derived from the middle English word "poppe," which means "explosive sound"
    • Explosion A bursting with violence and loud noise, because of internal pressure; as, the explosion of a gun, a bomb, a steam boiler, etc.
    • Explosion a sudden and substantial increase; a rapid acceleration; as, the population explosion .
    • Explosion A violent outburst of feeling, manifested by excited language, action, etc.; as, an explosion of wrath. "A formidable explosion of high-church fanaticism."
    • Explosion The act of exploding; detonation; a chemical action which causes the sudden formation of a great volume of expanded gas; as, the explosion of gunpowder, of fire damp, etc.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: If you fart consistently for 6 years and 9 months, enough gas is produced to create explosion that is equal to an atomic bomb
    • n explosion The act of exploding; a sudden expansion of a substance, as gunpowder or an elastic fluid, with force and, usually, a loud report; a sudden and loud discharge: as, the explosion of powder; an explosion of fire-damp.
    • n explosion A sudden bursting, or breaking up or in pieces, from an internal or other force; a blowing up or tearing apart: as, the explosion of a steam-boiler.
    • n explosion A bursting into sudden activity; a violent outburst, as of natural forces or of human emotion, expression, or action.
    • n explosion The discharge of a nerve-cell; the emission of nervous energy from a cell or from a group of cells.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: During World War II, Russians used dogs strapped with explosives to blow up German tanks. They trained the dogs to associate the tanks with food and ended up destroying about 25 German tanks using this method
    • n Explosion act of exploding: a sudden violent burst with a loud report: a breaking out of feelings, &c
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  • Paul Vernon Buser
    Paul Vernon Buser
    “Desire, like the atom, is explosive with creative force.”
  • Edward Conklin
    Edward Conklin
    “The probability of life originating from accident is comparable to the probability of the unabridged dictionary resulting from an explosion in a printing shop.”
  • Primo Levi
    Primo Levi
    “Anyone who has obeyed nature by transmitting a piece of gossip experiences the explosive relief that accompanies the satisfying of a primary need.”
  • Winston Churchill
    “Although personally I am quite content with existing explosives, I feel we must not stand in the path of improvement.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. explosio, a driving off by clapping: cf. F. explosion, explosion. See Explode
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. explodĕre, explosumex, out, plaudĕre, to clap the hands.


In literature:

Guns, ammunition, mines, explosives and such.
"Deathworld" by Harry Harrison
There is smoke, dust, wild talking, shouting, hissings, howlings, explosions.
"My Days and Nights on the Battle-Field" by Charles Carleton Coffin
At the foot of the narrow tower staircase there was a real explosion.
"A Winter Amid the Ice" by Jules Verne
A sharp explosion took place in the bows.
"Peter the Brazen" by George F. Worts
Blaine held his breath in anticipation of an explosion.
"The Copper-Clad World" by Harl Vincent
They also fired almost countless high-explosive shells into the British trenches.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume III (of VIII)" by Various
The Germans used long range field pieces with powerful explosive shells.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume II (of VIII)" by Various
Oftentimes a ship is sunk by the explosion of a torpedo or a mine several feet from the hull.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume V (of 8)"
A number of explosions and four incendiary fires resulted from these attacks by French airmen.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume VI (of VIII)" by Various
It's a gamble, but I think the explosion should kill every damned seal around the sub.
"Under Arctic Ice" by H.G. Winter

In poetry:

My other failures let me pass:
The dire explosions, and, alas!
The friends I choked with noxious gas.
"Avitor" by Francis Bret Harte
Columns dark and soft
Sunblack men
Soft shafts, sunbreathing mouths
Eyes of yellow, golden sand
As frictional, as perilous, explosive as brimstone.
"Tropic" by D H Lawrence
There was a young genius of Queens',
Who was fond of explosive machines,
He once blew up a door,
But he'll do it no more,
For it chanced that that door was the Dean's.
"Nonsense Verses" by Arthur Clement Hilton
The Hebrew spirit, with its fervent fire,
Its vatic utterances of rapt word force
Is in him, bursting in explosive ire,
Like lightning when it takes its blinding course.
"Carlyle" by Alexander Anderson
Midst life, and death, and stirring deeds
Thy people live, and sleep and wake;
Explosions vast they scarcely heed;
In vain for time the idlers plead;
The rocks must rend, the mountains shake!
"Butte" by Aaron Southwick
It was a supernatural effort, but she succeeded at last,
And Jenny thanked God when the danger was past,
But at the same instant the silence was broke
By a loud explosion, which soon filled the mine with smoke.
"Jenny Carrister, The Heroine of Lucknow-Mine" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

ConEd Explosion Could Leave Downtown Manhattan in Darkness for a Few Days.
INDIANAPOLIS — An Indianapolis church that's providing relief to victims of last weekend's deadly neighborhood explosion has created a centralized website where donations can be made to the disaster's victims.
Explosion In Free Online Classes May Change Course Of Higher Education.
When Teresa Giudice and her sister-in-law Melissa Gorga reunite on Monday's Real Housewives of New Jersey just days after their explosive spat at Gorga's son's christening , the mood is anything but light.
Provisions for the use of cladding alloys that have been fabricated by welding two or more plates/sheets in the explosion bonding process need to be clarified.
Neighbors told the KNSD-TV they heard what sounded like explosions just before 5 a.m.
Indy Home Explosion Probed as Homicide.
Explosively push yourself up so that your hands leave the floor and your body rises into the air.
Explosion of growth means careful city planning is needed.
Families, town, president say goodbye to 29 miners killed in W.Va. President Obama eulogizes 29 miners killed in an explosion in Beckley, W.Va.
Investigators say coal dust likely was a key factor in the April 5 explosion, that killed 29 people, considered the worst US coal-mining disaster in 40 years.
The bed held a stack of thick pipes packed with homemade explosives.
In recent years there has been an explosion of coconut water products available at grocery and convenience stores.
Clallam County Commissioner Mike Chapman, a US Customs inspector in 1999 when a trainee of Osama bin Laden drove a car containing 100 pounds of explosives into Port Angeles, sits in his office Monday as he reflects on bin Laden's death.
Hot-pink leaves with ruffled, variegated borders edged with a thin line of light green make Solenostemon 'Pink Chaos' look like an explosion of neon paisley.

In science:

The past few years have seen an explosion of interest in eigenvalues of random matrices from compact Lie groups.
Random matrix theory over finite fields: a survey
Bildsten, L. 2000, in Cosmic Explosions, ed. S. S.
Rotational Evolution During Type I X-Ray Bursts
To put the theory of this burst on a more solid footing, Tan, Matzner & McKee have considered in detail the evolution of explosions involving a transition from nonrelativistic to relativistic motion.
Trans-Relativistic Supernovae, Circumstellar Gamma-Ray Bursts, and Supernova 1998bw
Let us now consider various mechanisms for su- pernova explosions to find a qualitative shape of the resulting mass distribution of compact ob jects.
Why NS and BH mass distribition is bimodal?
Further, there is an exchange of mass until the mass of the smaller component reaches the lower limit for the mass of a neutron star (about 0.1M⊙), at which point there is an explosive de-neutronization of the low-mass neutron star.
Why NS and BH mass distribition is bimodal?