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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Explosion  \Ex*plo"sion\,  n.  [L.  explosio  a  driving  off  by 
  clapping:  cf  F.  explosion  explosion.  See  {Explode}.] 
  1.  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. 
 
  2.  A  bursting  with  violence  and  loud  noise,  because  of 
  internal  pressure;  as  the  explosion  of  a  gun,  a  bomb,  a 
  steam  boiler,  etc 
 
  3.  A  violent  outburst  of  feeling,  manifested  by  excited 
  language,  action  etc.;  as  an  explosion  of  wrath. 
 
  A  formidable  explosion  of  high-church  fanaticism. 
  --Macaulay. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  explosion 
  n  1:  a  violent  release  of  energy  caused  by  a  chemical  or  nuclear 
  reaction  [syn:  {detonation}] 
  2:  the  act  of  exploding  or  bursting  something  "the  explosion 
  of  the  firecrackers  awoke  the  children";  "the  burst  of  an 
  atom  bomb  creates  enormous  radiation  aloft"  [syn:  {burst}] 
  3:  the  terminal  forced  release  of  pressure  built  up  during  the 
  occlusive  phase  of  a  stop  consonant  [syn:  {plosion}] 




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