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explosion

noun
     
Related topics: Bombs and Terrorism
ex‧plo‧sion
1 [countable] a loud sound and the energy produced by something such as a bomb bursting into small pieces [↪ explode]
Several people were injured in a bomb explosion.
We heard a loud explosion.
huge/massive etc explosion
A massive explosion ripped through the building.
2 [uncountable and countable]SCB a process in which something such as a bomb is deliberately made to explode:
Police carried out a controlled explosion of the device.
3 [countable] a sudden or quick increase in the number or amount of something:
explosion of
the recent explosion of interest in Latin music and dance
4 [countable] a sudden expression of emotion, especially anger [= outburst]
5 [countable] a sudden very loud noise
explosion of
an explosion of laughter

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