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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.

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
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