explosive disintegration

explosive disintegration

[ik′splō·siv di‚sin·tə′grā·shən]
(engineering)
Explosive shattering when pressure is suddenly released on a pressured, permeable material (wood, mineral, and such) containing gas or liquid; the rupture of wood by this process is used to manufacture Masonite.
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The threat of an explosive disintegration of the eurozone -- and with it of the European Union -- is receding.
In a supernova, immense gravitational forces drive a star's collapse, which in turn triggers the explosive disintegration of the star.