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Princeton's WordNet

  1. explode, detonate, blow up, set offverb

    cause to burst with a violent release of energy

    "We exploded the nuclear bomb"

  2. explode, burstverb

    burst outward, usually with noise

    "The champagne bottle exploded"

  3. explodeverb

    show a violent emotional reaction

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

  4. explode, burst forth, break looseverb

    be unleashed; emerge with violence or noise

    "His anger exploded"

  5. explodeverb

    destroy by exploding

    "The enemy exploded the bridge"

  6. explodeverb

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

  7. explodeverb

    drive from the stage by noisy disapproval

  8. explodeverb

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

  9. detonate, explode, blow upverb

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

    "The Molotov cocktail exploded"

  10. explode, irruptverb

    increase rapidly and in an uncontrolled manner

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


  1. explodeverb

    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. explodeverb

    To destroy violently or abruptly.

    They sought to explode the myth of...

  3. explodeverb

    To create an exploded view.

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

  4. explodeverb

    To disprove or debunk.

  5. explodeverb

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

    The bomb explodes.

  6. explodeverb

    To make a violent or emotional outburst.

    She exploded when I criticised her hat.

  7. Etymology: 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).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To EXPLODEverb

    Etymology: explodo, Latin.

    Him old and young
    Exploded, and had seiz’d with violent hands,
    Had not a cloud descending snatch’d him thence
    Unseen amid’ the throng. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. xi.

    Thus was th’ applause they meant,
    Turn’d to exploding hiss, triumph to shame,
    Cast on themselves from their own mouths. John Milton, Par. Lost.

    Old age explodes all but morality. Wentworth Dillon.

    There is pretended, that a magnetical globe or terrella, being placed upon its poles, would have a constant rotation; but this is commonly exploded, as being against all experience. John Wilkins, Dædalus.

    Shall that man pass for a proficient in Christ’s school, who would have been exploded in the school of Zeno or Epictetus. Robert South, Sermons.

    Provided that no word, which a society shall give a sanction to, be afterwards antiquated and exploded, they may receive whatever new ones they shall find occasion for. Jonathan Swift, Letter to the Lord High Treasurer.

    But late the kindled powder did explode
    The massy ball, and the brass tube unload. Richard Blackmore.


  1. explode

    An explosion is a rapid expansion in volume associated with an extreme outward release of energy, usually with the generation of high temperatures and release of high-pressure gases. Supersonic explosions created by high explosives are known as detonations and travel through shock waves. Subsonic explosions are created by low explosives through a slower combustion process known as deflagration.


  1. explode

    To explode means to burst or shatter violently and noisily as a result of rapid combustion, excessive internal pressure, or other kind of reaction. In a figurative sense, it can also mean to increase or intensify suddenly and dramatically, or to express strong feelings suddenly and intensely.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Explodeverb

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

  2. Explodeverb

    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. Explodeverb

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

  4. Explodeverb

    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. Explodeverb

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

  6. Explodeverb

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

  7. Explodeverb

    to drive out with violence and noise, as by powder

  8. Etymology: [L. explodere, explosum, to drive out, drive out a player by clapping; ex out + plaudere, plodere, to clap, strike, applaud: cf. OF. exploder. See Plausible.]


  1. Explode

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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Explode

    eks-plōd′, v.t. to cry down, as an actor: to bring into disrepute, and reject: to cause to blow up.—v.i. to burst with a loud report: to burst into laughter.—p.adj. Explō′ded, rejected, discarded.—n. Explō′sion, act of exploding: a sudden violent burst with a loud report: a breaking out of feelings, &c.—adj. Explō′sive, liable to or causing explosion: bursting out with violence and noise.—n. something that will explode.—adv. Explō′sively.—n. Explō′siveness. [L. explodĕre, explosumex, out, plaudĕre, to clap the hands.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. explode

    To burst with a loud report; to detonate, as gunpowder, or a shell filled with powder or the like material.

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of explode in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of explode in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of explode in a Sentence

  1. The Belgian official:

    TATP is very unstable and would explode otherwise.

  2. Latin American:

    It was really scary because I didn ´ t know what would happen to us, we didn't know if we were going to get robbed, the cold was terrible, my head hurt, and because of the altitude, I felt as if my ears were going to explode. I almost fainted.

  3. Steve Scalise:

    Look at what they've done, they've wrecked the economy. They've wrecked our energy dominance where we now need to be reliant on foreign countries. They've opened the border. [Created] foreign policy debacles and seen crime explode.

  4. Robert X. Cringely, InfoWorld:

    If the automobile had followed the same development cyclee as the computer, a Rolls-Royce would today cost $100, get a million miles per gallon, and explode once a year, killing everyone inside."

  5. Jeffrey Hall:

    Gather may explode for the next six months and then disappear if and when a vaccine becomes available, and is safe and effective.

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