Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

explode

play
verb ex·plode \ik-ˈsplōd\

Simple Definition of explode

  • : 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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of explode

exploded

exploding

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 archaic :  to drive from the stage by noisy disapproval

  3. 2 :  to bring into disrepute or discredit <explode a theory>

  4. 3 :  to cause to explode or burst noisily <explode a bomb>

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 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

  7. 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>

  8. 3 :  to increase rapidly <the population of the city exploded>

  9. 4 :  to suggest an explosion (as in appearance or effect) <shrubs exploded with blossoms>

exploder

noun

Examples of explode in a sentence

  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 and Etymology of explode

Latin explodere to drive off the stage by clapping, from ex- + plaudere to clap


First Known Use: 1605



EXPLODE Defined for Kids

explode

play
verb ex·plode \ik-ˈsplōd\

Definition of explode for Students

exploded

exploding

  1. 1 :  to burst or cause to burst with violence and noise <The bomb exploded.>

  2. 2 :  to suddenly show or say with great emotion <He exploded with anger.>




Medical Dictionary

explode

play
verb ex·plode \ik-ˈsplōd\

Medical Definition of explode

exploded

;

exploding

  1. transitive verb

  2. :  to cause to explode or burst noisily <explode a bomb>

  3. intransitive verb

  4. :  to undergo a rapid chemical or nuclear reaction with the production of noise, heat, and violent expansion of gases





Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up explode? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a simplified speech bridging languages

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

confounded-person

Which is a synonym of indolent?

frenetic lazy melancholy philistine
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ