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Noun explosion has 7 senses
  1. explosion, detonation, blowup - a violent release of energy caused by a chemical or nuclear reaction
    --1 is a kind of discharge
    --1 has particulars:
     airburst; blast; backfire; big bang; blowback; fragmentation; inflation
    Derived form: verb explode1
  2. explosion, burst - the act of exploding or bursting something; "the explosion of the firecrackers awoke the children"; "the burst of an atom bomb creates enormous radiation aloft"
    --2 is a kind of change of integrity
    --2 has particulars: detonation; fulmination
    Derived forms: verb explode1, verb explode2
  3. explosion - a sudden great increase; "the population explosion"; "the information explosion"
    --3 is a kind of
    Derived form: verb explode9
  4. explosion - the noise caused by an explosion; "the explosion was heard a mile away"
    --4 is a kind of
  5. plosion, explosion - the terminal forced release of pressure built up during the occlusive phase of a stop consonant
    --5 is a kind of release, tone ending
    --5 is a part of
     stop consonant, stop, occlusive, plosive consonant, plosive speech sound, plosive
    Derived form: verb explode6
  6. explosion - a sudden outburst; "an explosion of laughter"; "an explosion of rage"
    --6 is a kind of
    effusion, gush, outburst, blowup, ebullition
    Derived form: verb explode4
  7. explosion - a golf shot from a bunker that typically moves sand as well as the golf ball
    --7 is a kind of
    golf stroke, golf shot, swing
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