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noun explosion pronunciation in British English /ɪkˈspləʊʒ(ə)n/
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  1. 1
    [countable] an occasion when something bursts with a lot of force and a loud noise, often causing damage
    a gas/nuclear explosion
    killed in a car bomb explosion
    explosion of: An explosion of methane gas demolished a pensioner’s house on Saturday.
    1. a.
      [countable/uncountable] the process by which something is made to explode
      explosion of: the underground explosion of nuclear devices
  2. 2
    [countable] a very large increase in the size, amount, or importance of something over a very short period of time
    a wage explosion
    explosion of: There has been a recent explosion of interest in the sport.
    explosion in: the explosion in oil prices
  3. 3
    [countable] a sudden violent expression of a strong emotion
    explosion of: his sudden explosion of anger
  4. 4
    [countable] a sudden loud noise
    explosion of: The music started with a sudden explosion of sound.
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