One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘Edward was in the car when he heard the explosion’
detonation, discharge, eruption, blowing up, ignition
bang, blast, boom, rumble, crash, crack, report, thunder, roll, clap, pop
informal wham, whump
2‘an explosion of anger’
outburst, flare-up, blow-up, outbreak, eruption, storm, rush, spate, surge, rash, wave, access, effusion
fit, paroxysm, spasm, attack, spell
rare ebullition, boutade
3‘the explosion of human populations in the last hundred years’
sudden increase, rapid increase, dramatic increase, mushrooming, snowballing, escalation, multiplication, burgeoning, rocketing, shooting up
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