Definitions for explodeɪkˈsploʊd

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ex•plodeɪkˈsploʊd(v.)-plod•ed, -plod•ing.

  1. (v.i.)to expand with force and noise through rapid chemical change or decomposition, as gunpowder or nitroglycerine

    Category: Chemistry

    Ref: (opposed to implode ).

  2. to burst violently, as a boiler from excessive pressure of steam.

  3. to erupt energetically:

    to explode with laughter.

  4. (v.t.)to cause to explode.

  5. to discredit; disprove.

Origin of explode:

1530–40; < L explōdere to drive off by clapping, eject


Princeton's WordNet

  1. explode, detonate, blow up, set off(verb)

    cause to burst with a violent release of energy

    "We exploded the nuclear bomb"

  2. explode, burst(verb)

    burst outward, usually with noise

    "The champagne bottle exploded"

  3. explode(verb)

    show a violent emotional reaction

    "The boss exploded when he heard of the resignation of the secretary"

  4. explode, burst forth, break loose(verb)

    be unleashed; emerge with violence or noise

    "His anger exploded"

  5. explode(verb)

    destroy by exploding

    "The enemy exploded the bridge"

  6. explode(verb)

    cause to burst as a result of air pressure; of stop consonants like /p/, /t/, and /k/

  7. explode(verb)

    drive from the stage by noisy disapproval

  8. explode(verb)

    show (a theory or claim) to be baseless, or refute and make obsolete

  9. detonate, explode, blow up(verb)

    burst and release energy as through a violent chemical or physical reaction;"the bomb detonated at noon"

    "The Molotov cocktail exploded"

  10. explode, irrupt(verb)

    increase rapidly and in an uncontrolled manner

    "The population of India is exploding"; "The island's rodent population irrupted"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. explode(verb)ɪkˈsploʊd

    to burst or make burst with great force; = blow up

    the moment the bomb exploded; The building exploded into flames.; countries who have exploded nuclear weapons

  2. explodeɪkˈsploʊd

    to increase rapidly

    The population exploded over the next decade.

  3. explodeɪkˈsploʊd

    to suddenly become angry

    When she heard his excuse, she exploded.


  1. explode(Verb)

    To create an explosion, usually resulting in the destruction of an intended target.

    The assassin exploded the car by means of a car bomb.

  2. explode(Verb)

    To destroy violently or abruptly.

    They sought to explode the myth of...

  3. explode(Verb)

    To create an exploded view.

    Explode the assembly drawing so that all the fasteners are visible.

  4. explode(Verb)

    To disprove or debunk.

  5. explode(Verb)

    To blast, to blow up, to burst, to detonate, to go off.

    The bomb explodes.

  6. explode(Verb)

    To make a violent or emotional outburst.

    She exploded when I criticised her hat.

  7. Origin: First recorded around 1538, from the verb explōdere meaning to "drive out or off by clapping". The meaning was originally theatrical, "to drive an actor off the stage by making noise," hence meaning to "to drive out" or "to reject". From ex- meaning "out" + plaudere meaning "to clap" or "to applaud". In English it used to mean to "drive out with violence and sudden noise" (from around 1660), and later meaning to "go off with a loud noise" (from around 1790).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Explode(verb)

    to become suddenly expanded into a great volume of gas or vapor; to burst violently into flame; as gunpowder explodes

  2. Explode(verb)

    to burst with force and a loud report; to detonate, as a shell filled with powder or the like material, or as a boiler from too great pressure of steam

  3. Explode(verb)

    to burst forth with sudden violence and noise; as, at this, his wrath exploded

  4. Explode(verb)

    to drive from the stage by noisy expressions of disapprobation; to hoot off; to drive away or reject noisily; as, to explode a play

  5. Explode(verb)

    to bring into disrepute, and reject; to drive from notice and acceptance; as, to explode a scheme, fashion, or doctrine

  6. Explode(verb)

    to cause to explode or burst noisily; to detonate; as, to explode powder by touching it with fire

  7. Explode(verb)

    to drive out with violence and noise, as by powder


  1. Explode

    Explode is the fourth full-length studio album by American streetpunk band, The Unseen, released on June 3, 2003.

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'explode' in Verbs Frequency: #804

Translations for explode

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to (cause to) blow up with a loud noise

The bomb exploded; The police exploded the bomb where it could cause no damage.

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