ex·​plod·​ed ik-ˈsplō-dəd How to pronounce exploded (audio)
: showing the parts separated but in correct relationship to each other
an exploded view of a carburetor

Examples of exploded in a Sentence

an exploded view of an engine
Recent Examples on the Web Officers responded around 5:35 a.m. to the 1500 block of Guilford Avenue in the Greenmount West neighborhood and found remnants of two exploded devices, police said. Dillon Mullan, Baltimore Sun, 14 Jan. 2024 An exploded diagram of an axial flux electric motor (left) and a radial flux electric motor (right). Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 15 June 2023 The energy is so massive, that the exploded star can be converted into an ultra-dense neutron star or a black hole. Joshua Rapp Learn, Discover Magazine, 10 Jan. 2024 His drug and alcohol abuse led to, among other things, pancreatitis, pneumonia, an exploded colon, and more than a dozen stomach surgeries. Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times, 29 Oct. 2023 According to police, the investigation into Karasev began on Jan. 5, when officers with the San Jose Police Department responded to a report of an exploded transformer at 3:16 a.m. local time. CBS News, 30 Oct. 2023 The gates of his home still bear the holes from exploded ammunition that serve as a reminder of when Russian forces tried to seize the Ukrainian capital. Hanna Arhirova, The Christian Science Monitor, 23 Oct. 2023 Tucked neatly inside the box was also a single sheet of general instructions with an exploded illustration of the knife to be built. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, 28 Aug. 2023 But Mapping Ancient Athens turns the whole city into a kind of exploded museum, with every shop and corner harboring relics from a vanished world. Nick Romeo, The New Yorker, 22 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1918, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of exploded was in 1918

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“Exploded.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exploded. Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

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: showing the parts separated but in correct relationship to each other
an exploded view of a machine
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