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.

Definitions of explode
  1. verb
    burst and release energy as through a violent chemical or physical reaction;"the bomb detonated at noon"
    synonyms: blow up, detonate
  2. verb
    burst outward, usually with noise
    synonyms: burst
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    go off, implode
    burst inward
    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
  3. verb
    cause to burst with a violent release of energy
    “We exploded the nuclear bomb”
    synonyms: blow up, detonate, set off
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    cause to explode violently and with loud noise
    blow up with dynamite
    type of:
    change integrity
    change in physical make-up
  4. verb
    increase rapidly and in an uncontrolled manner
    “The population of India is exploding
    synonyms: irrupt
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    type of:
    become bigger or greater in amount
  5. verb
    destroy by exploding
    “The enemy exploded the bridge”
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    type of:
    destroy, ruin
    destroy completely; damage irreparably
  6. verb
    be unleashed; emerge with violence or noise
    “His anger exploded
    synonyms: break loose, burst forth
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    type of:
    change state, turn
    undergo a transformation or a change of position or action
  7. verb
    show a violent emotional reaction
    “The boss exploded when he heard of the resignation of the secretary”
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    type of:
    react, respond
    show a response or a reaction to something
  8. verb
    cause to burst as a result of air pressure; of stop consonants like /p/, /t/, and /k/
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    type of:
    articulate, enounce, enunciate, pronounce, say, sound out
    speak, pronounce, or utter in a certain way
  9. verb
    drive from the stage by noisy disapproval
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    type of:
    declare or judge unfit for use or habitation
  10. verb
    show (a theory or claim) to be baseless, or refute and make obsolete
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    type of:
    confute, disprove
    prove to be false
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