explode

Anything and anyone can explode — that is, produce a violent, sudden and usually very loud release of energy.

Explode's two most common meanings refer to a physically destructive act, most commonly a bomb going off, or metaphorically, as in your parents' sudden fury when they see your end-of-year grades. Originally explode meant something quite different — to drive an unpleasing actor or group of performers from the stage by clapping and booing. (From the Latin words ex, meaning "out," and plaudere, "to clap one's hands.") Those ancient Greek and Roman crowds were tough.

Primary Meanings of explode

1.
v
burst and release energy as through a violent chemical or physical reaction;"the bomb detonated at noon"
2.
v
be unleashed; emerge with violence or noise
3.
v
cause to burst as a result of air pressure; of stop consonants like /p/, /t/, and /k/
4.
v
drive from the stage by noisy disapproval
5.
v
show (a theory or claim) to be baseless, or refute and make obsolete
Full Definitions of explode
1

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

“The Molotov cocktail exploded
Synonyms:
blow up, detonate

v burst outward, usually with noise

“The champagne bottle exploded
Synonyms:
burst
Antonyms:
go off, implode
burst inward
Types:
crump
explode heavily or with a loud dull noise
go off
be discharged or activated
belch, erupt, extravasate
become active and spew forth lava and rocks
Type of:
change integrity
change in physical make-up

v cause to burst with a violent release of energy

“We exploded the nuclear bomb”
Synonyms:
blow up, detonate, set off
Types:
fulminate
cause to explode violently and with loud noise
dynamite
blow up with dynamite
Type of:
change integrity
change in physical make-up

v increase rapidly and in an uncontrolled manner

“The population of India is exploding
Synonyms:
irrupt
Type of:
increase
become bigger or greater in amount

v destroy by exploding

“The enemy exploded the bridge”
Type of:
destroy, ruin
destroy completely; damage irreparably
2

v be unleashed; emerge with violence or noise

“His anger exploded
Synonyms:
break loose, burst forth
Type of:
change state, turn
undergo a transformation or a change of position or action

v show a violent emotional reaction

“The boss exploded when he heard of the resignation of the secretary”
Type of:
react, respond
show a response or a reaction to something
3

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

Type of:
articulate, enounce, enunciate, pronounce, say, sound out
speak, pronounce, or utter in a certain way
4

v drive from the stage by noisy disapproval

Type of:
condemn
declare or judge unfit for use or habitation
5

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

Type of:
confute, disprove
prove to be false

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