ex·​plod·​ed | \ ik-ˈsplō-dəd How to pronounce exploded (audio) \

Definition of exploded

: 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 Officials went to 25 Westford Lane at 11:50 a.m. for a report of an exploded one-inch gas line, according to the Acton Fire Department. BostonGlobe.com, "A falling icicle pierced a natural gas line in Acton on Monday, forcing people to evacuate a building as firefighters rushed to the scene.," 11 Dec. 2019 In 1992, astronomers found the first planets outside the solar system — but those orbited an exploded star, making them an unlikely place for life to exist. BostonGlobe.com, "“They really, sort of tell us something very essential — existential — about our place in the universe,” Ulf Danielsson, a member of the Nobel committee, said during an interview broadcast on the web.," 9 Oct. 2019 The patterns were bright and playful with exploded plaids, colored zebra prints, 80s style florals, and black and white checkered prints. Teen Vogue, "Christopher John Rogers' NYFW Runway Debut Got a Standing Ovation," 8 Sep. 2019 The detection, called S190814bv, was likely triggered by the merger of a black hole and a neutron star, the ultra-dense leftovers of an exploded star. Michael Greshko, National Geographic, "Astronomers probably just saw a black hole swallow a dead star," 16 Aug. 2019 Blood and wreckage was distributed over the entire ship, the after cabin and the vicinity of the ship adjacent to the exploded boiler resembling a charnel house. San Diego Union-Tribune, "From the Archives: In 1905 the gunboat Bennington exploded in San Diego harbor," 21 July 2019 Having abandoned the exploded car, Joyce and Hopper are at each other’s throats, leaving a clear path for Alexei to escape to...7-Eleven. Kathryn Lindsay, refinery29.com, "R29 Binge Club: Stranger Things Season 3," 5 July 2019 As Williamson filled up the stat sheets and even overcame an exploded sneaker that drew the gasp of former U.S. President Barack Obama, Ford, a sports marketing professional aggressively pursued the attention of Williamson and his family. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "The Significance of Zion Williamson’s Lawsuit Against Prime Sports Marketing," 13 June 2019 On Vittoria [Ceretti] there was a jacket with an exploded rose at the hem. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "“I Really Feel Quite Lucky”—Sarah Burton Reflects on Her Magical Career at Alexander McQueen," 30 May 2019

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1918, in the meaning defined above

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“Exploded.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exploded?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=e&file=exploded_1. Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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technical : showing the parts of something separately but in correct relationship to each other

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