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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The cosmic explosion that marked the origin of the universe according to the big bang theory.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An explosion giving rise to a universe.
  • n. In project management, a project that has no staged delivery. The customer must wait, sometimes months, before seeing anything. At the end of the wait comes a "big bang".

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The explosive event marking the beginning of the known universe, according to big bang theory; the beginning of time.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (cosmology) the cosmic explosion that is hypothesized to have marked the origin of the universe

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Examples

  • 'Won't it be a big bang then?' asked Carlo ruefully.

    Captain Corelli's Mandolin

  • The big bang produced, from nothing, a universe composed of photons, energy-packed radiations, unimaginably hot and compressed beyond description, a soup of energy, nearly homogeneous throughout.

    THE HIDDEN FACE OF GOD

  • He had always disliked those scientist-believers who couldn’t seem to come down on one side or the other of the issue, the types who rigorously arrived at a big bang theory, for instance, and then conceded it might represent the divine spark.

    Deeper

  • It takes a big bang producing a universe guided by laws of nature somehow tuned to lead energy into rocks and water on a user-friendly planet that can take those rocks and water and change them into a marvelously complex, data-crunching, algorithmic, sound-, sight-, touch-, and smell-sensitive wonder capable of processing thousands of inputs in parallel with a cycling time of thirty thousandths of a second.

    THE HIDDEN FACE OF GOD

  • Sir John Maddox, for example, the avidly secular former editor of the journal Nature, one of the two most respected peer-reviewed scientific journals, opined that the big bang is philosophically unacceptable. . .

    THE HIDDEN FACE OF GOD

  • Shetrell Harting was the big bang and she just went bust.

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