Etymology
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explosion (n.)

1620s, "action of driving out with violence and noise," from French explosion, from Latin explosionem (nominative explosio) "a driving off by clapping," noun of action from past participle stem of explodere "drive out by clapping" (see explode for origin and sense evolution). Meaning "a going off with violence and noise" is from 1660s. Sense of "a rapid increase or development" is first attested 1953.

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Definitions of explosion

explosion (n.)
a violent release of energy caused by a chemical or nuclear reaction;
Synonyms: detonation / blowup
explosion (n.)
the act of exploding or bursting;
the explosion of the firecrackers awoke the children
Synonyms: burst
explosion (n.)
a sudden great increase;
the population explosion
the information explosion
explosion (n.)
the noise caused by an explosion;
the explosion was heard a mile away
explosion (n.)
a sudden outburst;
an explosion of rage
an explosion of laughter
explosion (n.)
a golf shot from a bunker that typically moves sand as well as the golf ball;
explosion (n.)
the terminal forced release of pressure built up during the occlusive phase of a stop consonant;
Synonyms: plosion
From wordnet.princeton.edu