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noun explosion pronunciation in British English /ɪkˈspləʊʒ(ə)n/ 
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pluralexplosions
  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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