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explosion

noun uk   /ɪkˈspləʊ.ʒən/ us    /-ˈsploʊ-/

explosion noun (BURST)

B2 [C or U] the fact of something such as a bomb exploding: The fire was thought to have been caused by a gas explosion. The explosion (= the intentional exploding) of nuclear devices in the Bikini Atoll was stopped in 1958.
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explosion noun (EMOTION)

[C] a sudden strong expression of emotion: There was an explosion of applause from the audience at the end of the performance.

explosion noun (INCREASE)

C1 [C] a large increase in the number of something that happens very quickly: The government has had to take measures to halt the population explosion.

explosion noun (FALSE IDEA)

[U] the act of proving that something is wrong: the explosion of the conspiracy theories surrounding the death of the star
Translations of “explosion”
in Korean 폭발…
in Arabic انْفِجار…
in Portuguese explosão…
in Catalan explosió…
in Japanese 爆発…
in Italian esplosione…
in Chinese (Traditional) 爆炸, 爆破, 爆裂…
in Russian взрыв, бурный рост…
in Turkish patlama, infilak, ani patlama/artış…
in Chinese (Simplified) 爆炸, 爆破, 爆裂…
in Polish eksplozja, wybuch…
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