explosion
noun
1 sudden loud bursting/exploding
ADJECTIVE
almighty (esp. BrE), big, deafening, enormous, great, huge, large, loud, major, massive, powerful, tremendous, violent
minor, small
muffled

There was a muffled explosion somewhere on their right.

distant

The floor shook with a distant explosion.

controlled
test

a nuclear test explosion

accidental
bomb, chemical, gas, mine, volcanic
atomic, nuclear
terrorist
social (figurative)

If no action is taken, the country runs the risk of a social explosion.

VERB + EXPLOSION
cause, create, set off, trigger

The build-up of gas caused a small explosion.

carry out (esp. BrE)

Bomb disposal experts carried out a controlled explosion on the suspect package.

hear
prevent
survive
EXPLOSION + VERB
come, happen, occur, take place

The explosion came 20 minutes after a coded warning to the police.

The explosion occurred just after noon.

erupt, go off

A massive explosion erupted behind him.

rock sth, shake sth

A huge explosion rocked the entire building.

The explosion shook nearby homes.

blow sth out, destroy sth, rip through sth

An explosion blew out the front windows.

A massive explosion ripped through the chemical works.

injure sb, kill sb
cause sth

The explosion caused major structural damage.

echo, sound

A loud explosion echoed around the valley.

PREPOSITION
in an/the explosion

Three people were injured in the explosion.

2 sudden large increase
ADJECTIVE
sudden
great

a great explosion of creativity

veritable

In the 1860s a veritable explosion of major scientific publications took place.

population
information

How can we keep up with the information explosion?

price, wage (BrE)
VERB + EXPLOSION
see, witness

I believe we will see an explosion in lawsuits of this kind.

EXPLOSION + VERB
occur, take place
PREPOSITION
explosion in

a sudden explosion in the number of students

explosion of

an explosion of interest in learning Japanese


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