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1. An explosion.
a. An outburst of temper.
b. An angry argument or confrontation: a blowup between the administration and the faculty.
3. A photographic enlargement.



1. an explosion.
2. a violent argument, outburst of temper, or the like, esp. one resulting in estrangement.
3. Also, blow′-up`. an enlargement of a photograph.
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Noun1.blowup - a violent release of energy caused by a chemical or nuclear reactionblowup - a violent release of energy caused by a chemical or nuclear reaction
discharge - the sudden giving off of energy
airburst - an explosion in the atmosphere
blast - an explosion (as of dynamite)
backfire - a loud noise made by the explosion of fuel in the manifold or exhaust of an internal combustion engine
big bang - (cosmology) the cosmic explosion that is hypothesized to have marked the origin of the universe
backfire, blowback - the backward escape of gases and unburned gunpowder after a gun is fired
fragmentation - the scattering of bomb fragments after the bomb explodes
inflation - (cosmology) a brief exponential expansion of the universe (faster than the speed of light) postulated to have occurred shortly after the big bang
2.blowup - an unrestrained expression of emotion
expression, reflexion, reflection, manifestation - expression without words; "tears are an expression of grief"; "the pulse is a reflection of the heart's condition"
acting out - a (usually irritating) impulsive and uncontrollable outburst by a problem child or a neurotic adult
cry - a fit of weeping; "had a good cry"
explosion - a sudden outburst; "an explosion of laughter"; "an explosion of rage"
flare - a sudden outburst of emotion; "she felt a flare of delight"; "she could not control her flare of rage"
3.blowup - a photographic print that has been enlarged
photo, photograph, pic, exposure, picture - a representation of a person or scene in the form of a print or transparent slide; recorded by a camera on light-sensitive material


1. A violent release of confined energy, usually accompanied by a loud sound and shock waves:
2. A sudden violent expression, as of emotion: