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

  • n. An explosion.
  • n. An outburst of temper.
  • n. A photographic enlargement.

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  • n. An explosion, or violent outburst
  • n. An enlargement

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

  • n. an unrestrained expression of emotion
  • n. a photographic print that has been enlarged
  • n. a violent release of energy caused by a chemical or nuclear reaction


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