explosion Definition

  • 1a sudden and violent outbreak, especially of noise and force, from a confined space
  • 2a rapid increase in amount or number
  • 3a sudden expression of strong emotion

Using explosion: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "explosion" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The explosion destroyed several buildings.

  • Example

    There was an explosion of laughter when the comedian told the joke.

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    The population explosion in the city led to overcrowding and pollution.

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    The company experienced an explosion in sales after the new product launch.

explosion Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for explosion

Antonyms for explosion

Idioms Using explosion

  • to happen suddenly and with great force or intensity


    The party went off like an explosion with everyone dancing and having a good time.

  • a sudden and intense expression of anger


    He had an explosion of anger when he found out that his car had been stolen.

  • explode with laughter

    to suddenly start laughing very hard


    The audience exploded with laughter at the comedian's joke.

Phrases with explosion

  • explosion-proof

    designed to prevent the ignition of flammable gases or dusts


    The electrical equipment used in the hazardous area must be explosion-proof.

  • a sudden burst of bright colors


    The painting is an explosion of color that captures the energy of the city.

  • a sudden burst of flavor


    The dish is an explosion of taste with its combination of spicy and sweet flavors.


Summary: explosion in Brief

An 'explosion' [ɪkˈspləʊʒən] refers to a sudden and violent outbreak of noise and force, a rapid increase in amount or number, or a sudden expression of strong emotion. It can range from physical explosions to metaphorical ones, such as an explosion of laughter or anger. The phrase 'go off like an explosion' denotes sudden and intense force or intensity, while 'explode with laughter' means to suddenly start laughing very hard.

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