Definition of EXPLODE

to break open or into pieces usually because of internal pressure <the building was wrecked when a powerful bomb exploded>
Related Words fragment, shatter, smash, splinter; discharge, fire, shoot; balloon, burgeon (also bourgeon), mushroom
Near Antonyms collapse, fizzle
Antonyms implode
to cause to break open or into pieces by or as if by an explosive <the bomb was so powerful that it exploded windows in several neighboring buildings>
Near Antonyms collapse, implode
to develop suddenly and violently <the mayor's latest unpopular decision caused long-suppressed resentment to explode into open anger>
Synonyms blaze (up), break out, burst (forth), explode, flame, flare (up)

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