explode[ek splōd′, ik-]
A volcano explodes.
- An example of to explode is laughing loudly at a joke.
- An example of to explode is a volcano erupting.
- An example of to explode is to expose an error in a widely-held belief.
transitive verbexploded, exploding
- to cause to be rejected; expose as false; discredit: to explode a theory
- to make burst with a loud noise; blow up; detonate
- to cause to change suddenly and violently from a solid or liquid to a quickly expanding gas
- to cause rapid nuclear fusion or fission in, with accompanying destructive force
- Golf to hit (a ball) from a sand trap with an explosion shot
Origin of explodeorigin, originally , to drive off the stage by clapping and hooting ; from Classical Latin explodere ; from ex-, off + plaudere, to applaud
- to be exploded; burst noisily and violently
- to break forth noisily: to explode with anger
- to increase very rapidly: the area's population is exploding
verbex·plod·ed, ex·plod·ing, ex·plodes
- To release mechanical, chemical, or nuclear energy by the sudden production of gases in a confined space: The bomb exploded.
- To burst violently as a result of internal pressure.
- To shatter with a loud noise: The vase exploded into tiny pieces when it hit the floor.
- To make an emotional outburst: My neighbor exploded in rage at the trespassers.
- To increase suddenly, sharply, and without control: The population level in this area has exploded during the past 12 years.
- To change state or appearance suddenly: Over the weekend the trees exploded with color.
- Sports To hit a golf ball out of a sand trap with a shot that scatters the sand.
- To cause to release energy or burst violently and noisily: The children exploded three firecrackers.
- To show to be false or unreliable: explode a hypothesis.
- Sports To hit (a golf ball) out of a sand trap with an explosive shot.
Origin of explodeLatin explōdere, to drive out by clapping : ex-, ex- + plaudere, to clap.
(third-person singular simple present explodes, present participle exploding, simple past and past participle exploded)
- To create an explosion, usually resulting in the destruction of an intended target.
- The assassin exploded the car by means of a car bomb.
- To destroy violently or abruptly.
- They sought to explode the myth.
- To create an exploded view.
- Explode the assembly drawing so that all the fasteners are visible.
- (archaic) To disprove or debunk.
- (intransitive) To blast, to blow up, to burst, to detonate, to go off.
- The bomb explodes.
- (figuratively, intransitive) To make a violent or emotional outburst.
- She exploded when I criticised her hat.
- (computing, programming, PHP) To break (a delimited string of text) into several smaller strings by removing the separators.
First recorded around 1538, from the Latin verb explōdere meaning to "drive out or off by clapping". The meaning was originally theatrical, "to drive an actor off the stage by making noise," hence meaning to "to drive out" or "to reject". From ex- (“out”) + plaudere (“to clap; to applaud”). In English it used to mean to "drive out with violence and sudden noise" (from around 1660), and later meaning to "go off with a loud noise" (from around 1790).
The sense of "bursting with destructive force" is first recorded around 1882.