airburst

[air-burst]
noun
the explosion of a bomb or shell in midair.

Origin:
1915–20; air1 + burst

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airburst (ˈɛəˌbɜːst)
 
n
the explosion of a bomb, shell, etc, in the air

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Two were airburst detonations, two were explosions under water, and three were ground surface explosions.
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