Explode a hypothesis.
The population level in this area has exploded during the past 12 years.
Over the weekend the trees exploded with color.
The children exploded three firecrackers.
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.
Explode the assembly drawing so that all the fasteners are visible.
To explode a theory.
To explode with anger.
The area's population is exploding.
The bomb exploded.
The vase exploded into tiny pieces when it hit the floor.
My neighbor exploded in rage at the trespassers.
Origin of explode
- Latin explōdere to drive out by clapping ex- ex- plaudere to clap
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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.