Definition of Explode

1. Verb. Cause to burst with a violent release of energy. "We exploded the nuclear bomb"

Exact synonyms: Blow Up, Detonate, Set Off
Generic synonyms: Change Integrity
Causes: Blow Up, Detonate
Specialized synonyms: Fulminate, Dynamite
Derivative terms: Blowup, Detonation, Detonative, Detonator, Explosion, Explosion

2. Verb. Burst outward, usually with noise. "The champagne bottle exploded"
Exact synonyms: Burst
Generic synonyms: Change Integrity
Specialized synonyms: Crump, Go Off, Belch, Erupt, Extravasate
Derivative terms: Burst, Burster, Explosion
Antonyms: Implode

3. Verb. Show a violent emotional reaction. "The boss exploded when he heard of the resignation of the secretary"
Generic synonyms: React, Respond

4. Verb. Be unleashed; emerge with violence or noise. "His anger exploded"
Exact synonyms: Break Loose, Burst Forth
Generic synonyms: Change State, Turn
Derivative terms: Explosion

5. Verb. Destroy by exploding. "The enemy exploded the bridge"
Generic synonyms: Destroy, Ruin

6. Verb. Cause to burst as a result of air pressure; of stop consonants like /p/, /t/, and /k/.
Generic synonyms: Articulate, Enounce, Enunciate, Pronounce, Say, Sound Out
Derivative terms: Explosion

7. Verb. Drive from the stage by noisy disapproval.
Generic synonyms: Condemn
Entails: Boo, Hiss

8. Verb. Show (a theory or claim) to be baseless, or refute and make obsolete.
Generic synonyms: Confute, Disprove

9. Verb. Burst and release energy as through a violent chemical or physical reaction. "The Molotov cocktail exploded"
Exact synonyms: Blow Up, Detonate
Derivative terms: Detonation, Detonative

10. Verb. Increase rapidly and in an uncontrolled manner. "The island's rodent population irrupted"
Exact synonyms: Irrupt
Generic synonyms: Increase
Derivative terms: Explosion

Definition of Explode

1. v. i. To become suddenly expanded into a great volume of gas or vapor; to burst violently into flame; as, gunpowder explodes.

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

Definition of Explode

1. Verb. (transitive) To create an explosion, usually resulting in the destruction of an intended target. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) To destroy violently or abruptly. ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) To create an exploded view. ¹

4. Verb. (transitive archaic) To disprove or debunk. ¹

5. Verb. (intransitive) To blast, to blow up, to burst, to detonate, to go off. ¹

6. Verb. (figuratively intransitive) To make a violent or emotional outburst. ¹

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Definition of Explode

1. to blow up [v -PLODED, -PLODING, -PLODES]

Medical Definition of Explode

1. 1. To become suddenly expanded into a great volume of gas or vapor; to burst violently into flame; as gunpowder explodes. 2. 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. To burst forth with sudden violence and noise; as, at this, his wrath exploded. Origin: 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. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Explode

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exploding cucumbers

Literary usage of Explode

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1. A Dictionary of Chemistry: On the Basis of Mr. Nicholson's, in which the Andrew Ure, William Nicholson by Andrew Ure, William Nicholson (1821)
"It was discovered by Berthollet. stroke, explode much more loudly if pre- ... A few grains, struck with a hammer on an anvil, explode with a noise like that ..."

2. Chambers's Encyclopædia: A Dictionary of Universal Knowledge (1868)
"... explosive compound, so arranged that it shall explode at a certain point, and spread destruction around by the forcible dispersion of its fragments. ..."

3. Punch by Mark Lemon, Henry Mayhew, Tom Taylor, Shirley Brooks, Francis Cowley Burnand, Owen Seaman (1883)
"... dat dar Brer Nigger, with joy 'im explode, Ardi'im stand on 'im 'ead, ... explode ..."

4. The Quarterly Review by John Gibson Lockhart, George Walter Prothero, William Gifford, Sir John Taylor Coleridge, Whitwell Elwin, William Macpherson, Baron Rowland Edmund Prothero Ernle, Sir William Smith (1902)
"If, to continue the figure, it did not explode at once in the pouring, it would be but a poor and brittle product afterwards. What said Sir John MacDonald, ..."

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