explosion

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Three explosions

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From French explosion, from Latin explōsiōnis, genitive form of explōsio, from explōdo (I drive out by clapping), from ex- and plōdo (I clap or strike)

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explosion (plural explosions)

  1. A violent release of energy (sometimes mechanical, nuclear, or chemical.)
    • 2013 June 21, Chico Harlan, “Japan pockets the subsidy …”, The Guardian Weekly, volume 189, number 2, page 30: 
      Across Japan, technology companies and private investors are racing to install devices that until recently they had little interest in: solar panels. Massive solar parks are popping up as part of a rapid build-up that one developer likened to an "explosion."
  2. A bursting due to pressure.
  3. The sound of an explosion.
  4. A sudden uncontrolled increase.
    • 1992, Rudolf M. Schuster, The Hepaticae and Anthocerotae of North America: East of the Hundredth Meridian, volume V, page 3-4
      As with the Lejeuneaceae, this pattern of massive speciation appears to be correlated with the Cretaceous explosion of the angiosperms and the simultaneous creation of a host of new microenvironments, differing in humidity, light intensity, texture, etc.
  5. A sudden outburst.
    • 2013 August 10, “Can China clean up fast enough?”, The Economist, volume 408, number 8848: 
      All this has led to an explosion of protest across China, including among a middle class that has discovered nimbyism. That worries the government, which fears that environmental activism could become the foundation for more general political opposition. It is therefore dealing with pollution in two ways—suppression and mitigation.

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French[edit]

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From Latin explosiō.

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explosion f (plural explosions)

  1. explosion

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