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explode

verb ex·plode \ik-ˈsplōd\

: to suddenly break apart in a violent way with parts flying outward

: to change in a very sudden and violent way

: to move with sudden speed and force

ex·plod·edex·plod·ing

Full Definition of EXPLODE

transitive verb
1
archaic :  to drive from the stage by noisy disapproval
2
:  to bring into disrepute or discredit <explode a theory>
3
:  to cause to explode or burst noisily <explode a bomb>
intransitive verb
1
:  to burst forth with sudden violence or noise from internal energy: as
a :  to undergo a rapid chemical or nuclear reaction with the production of noise, heat, and violent expansion of gases <dynamite explodes>
b :  to burst violently as a result of pressure from within
2
a :  to give forth a sudden strong and noisy outburst of emotion <exploded in anger>
b :  to move with sudden speed and force <exploded from the starting gate>
3
:  to increase rapidly <the population of the city exploded>
4
:  to suggest an explosion (as in appearance or effect) <shrubs exploded with blossoms>
ex·plod·er noun

Examples of EXPLODE

  1. One of the shells failed to explode.
  2. These occasional skirmishes may soon explode into all-out war.
  3. The birds suddenly exploded into flight.
  4. The building exploded in flames.
  5. She looked like she was ready to explode with anger.

Origin of EXPLODE

Latin explodere to drive off the stage by clapping, from ex- + plaudere to clap
First Known Use: 1605

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EXPLODE Defined for Kids

explode

verb ex·plode \ik-ˈsplōd\
ex·plod·edex·plod·ing

Definition of EXPLODE for Kids

1
:  to burst or cause to burst with violence and noise <The bomb exploded.>
2
:  to suddenly show or say with great emotion <He exploded with anger.>
Medical Dictionary

explode

verb ex·plode \ik-ˈsplōd\
ex·plod·edex·plod·ing

Medical Definition of EXPLODE

transitive verb
:  to cause to explode or burst noisily <explode a bomb>
intransitive verb
:  to undergo a rapid chemical or nuclear reaction with the production of noise, heat, and violent expansion of gases

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