airburst :

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  • n  an explosion in the atmosphere

  • Though it flattened all the trees in every direction for 30 miles, the airburst that took place over Siberia's Tunguska River left no crater behind.
  • One grenade tore between two troopers who were just meters apart, detonating behind them with an ear-shattering airburst.
  • Occasionally, however, a Darwin or Einstein comes along and with a flash of insight as blinding as a thermonuclear airburst, clears the entire landscape.

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