• WordNet 3.6
    • v explode increase rapidly and in an uncontrolled manner "The population of India is exploding","The island's rodent population irrupted"
    • v explode burst outward, usually with noise "The champagne bottle exploded"
    • v explode burst and release energy as through a violent chemical or physical reaction "the bomb detonated at noon","The Molotov cocktail exploded"
    • v explode be unleashed; emerge with violence or noise "His anger exploded"
    • v explode cause to burst with a violent release of energy "We exploded the nuclear bomb"
    • v explode show (a theory or claim) to be baseless, or refute and make obsolete
    • v explode show a violent emotional reaction "The boss exploded when he heard of the resignation of the secretary"
    • v explode drive from the stage by noisy disapproval
    • v explode cause to burst as a result of air pressure; of stop consonants like /p/, /t/, and /k/
    • v explode destroy by exploding "The enemy exploded the bridge"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: When the volcano Krakatoa off the Java islands exploded in 1883, it was so loud that it woke some people up in South Australia
    • Explode To become suddenly expanded into a great volume of gas or vapor; to burst violently into flame; as, gunpowder explodes .
    • Explode To bring into disrepute, and reject; to drive from notice and acceptance; as, to explode a scheme, fashion, or doctrine. "Old exploded contrivances of mercantile fraud.""To explode and exterminate dark atheism."
    • Explode To burst forth with sudden violence and noise; as, at this, his wrath exploded .
    • Explode To burst with force and a loud report; to detonate, as a shell filled with powder or the like material, or as a boiler from too great pressure of steam.
    • Explode To cause to explode or burst noisily; to detonate; as, to explode powder by touching it with fire.
    • Explode To drive from the stage by noisy expressions of disapprobation; to hoot off; to drive away or reject noisily; as, to explode a play. "Him old and young Exploded , and seized with violent hands."
    • Explode To drive out with violence and noise, as by powder. "But late the kindled powder did explode The massy ball and the brass tube unload."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Grapes explode when cooked in the microwave.
    • explode To decry or reject with noise; express disapprobation of with noise or marks of contempt; hiss or hoot off: as, to explode a play or an actor.
    • explode To destroy the repute or demonstrate the fallacy of; disprove or bring into discredit or contempt; do away with: as, an exploded custom; an exploded hypothesis.
    • explode To cause to burst suddenly and noisily into an expanded or gaseous state, or into fragments, as gunpowder or the like, a steam-boiler, etc. See II.
    • explode To drive out with sudden violence and noise.
    • explode In physiology, to cause to break out or burst forth; bring into sudden action or manifestation; develop rapidly and violently.
    • explode To burst with force and noise, as gunpowder or an elastic fluid, through suddenly developed chemical reaction, as from the application of fire or friction.
    • explode To be broken up suddenly with a loud report by an internal force; fly into pieces with violence and noise from any cause, as a boiler from excessive pressure of steam, a bombshell from the expansion of its charge by heat, or a wheel from too rapid revolution.
    • explode To burst noisily into sudden activity; break out with loud noise from some internal force, or into violent outcry or speech, as from emotion: as, a geyser which explodes at regular intervals; to explode with rage or with laughter.
    • explode In physiology, to break out or burst forth; become suddenly manifest in operation or effect.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: If you feed a seagull Alka-Seltzer, its stomach will explode.
    • v.t Explode eks-plōd′ to cry down, as an actor: to bring into disrepute, and reject: to cause to blow up
    • v.i Explode to burst with a loud report: to burst into laughter
    • n Explode something that will explode
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  • William Gilmore Simms
    William Gilmore Simms
    “The proverb answers where the sermon fails, as a well-charged pistol will do more execution than a whole barrel of gunpowder idly exploded in the air.”
  • Douglas Adams
    “Afterwards, the universe will explode for your pleasure”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. explodere, explosum, to drive out, drive out a player by clapping; ex, out + plaudere, plodere, to clap, strike, applaud: cf. OF. exploder,. See Plausible


In literature:

A ball of fire dropping into the water, exploding the water all around it for a distance of a dozen feet.
"Tarrano the Conqueror" by Raymond King Cummings
Don't explode your torpedo until you are in actual contact if possible.
"A Little Traitor to the South" by Cyrus Townsend Brady
In a few moments the charge exploded.
"In the Track of the Troops" by R.M. Ballantyne
There will be a good many mines to spring, and one must not explode before another.
"The Frozen Pirate" by W. Clark Russell
It might be well if the bomb would explode, but he knew now it had been silenced.
"The Whispering Spheres" by Russell Robert Winterbotham
Somewhere near the point towards which we were making, shells from a Boche big gun were exploding with dull heavy boomings.
"Pushed and the Return Push" by George Herbert Fosdike Nichols, (AKA Quex)
A dance and a flash of words, as if he were exploding into phrases.
"Erik Dorn" by Ben Hecht
Hence a single shell exploding violently in a sensitive spot may render a large ship unmanageable, and therefore an easy victim.
"New York Times Current History; The European War, Vol 2, No. 5, August, 1915" by Various
Nearly half the crew being killed or wounded, she surrendered, her magazine exploding and blowing her up at midnight.
"History of the United States, Volume 4" by E. Benjamin Andrews
The delusion is exploded.
"The Blot on the Kaiser's 'Scutcheon" by Newell Dwight Hillis

In poetry:

Boys hide in lunging cubes
Crouching to explode,
Beyond Atlantic skies,
With cheerful cries
Their barking tubes
Upon the German toad.
"Ode To Our Young Pro-Consuls Of The Air" by Allen Tate
about you, who cares, splintering up
the hip that was merely made of crystal,
the post of it and also the cup.
I exploded in the hallway like a pistol.
"The Break" by Anne Sexton
Of all the bad horses that I ever rode,
None was like him, for he seemed to explode.
He busted me up and I'm still stiff and lamed--
That Ridge Runnin' Outlaw will never be tamed.
"The Ridge-Running Roan" by Curley Fletcher
And away he went!
Fear craven in his tail.
Great haste, and straight, almost bird straight above the Via
de' Bardi.
Above that crash-gulf of exploding whips,
Towards the Borgo San Jacopo.
"Man And Bat" by D H Lawrence
Sound of November explodes in the hunter's shot.
Further and further a door sinks into a ditch.
Honest churches hold services of thanksgiving
in front of the wash behind thin, poor glass.
"November" by Gerrit Achterberg
And my fingertips turned into stone
From clutching immovable blackness.
Time after time I leapt upward
Exploding in breath, and fell back
From the change in the children's faces
At my defeat.
"The Lifeguard" by James Dickey

In news:

Smoke from an exploded shell on the border of Israel and Syria.
His fastball lights up a radar gun, Yankees scouts said, and his forkball explodes.
Gaza rocket explodes outside Jerusalem.
Psy, the South Korean rapper whose song "Gangnam Style" stormed the charts and exploded onto YouTube like few others before it, rewarded fans with a free concert in Seoul that streamed live over Ustream.
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Saudi Arabia's official news agency says a hand grenade exploded during a training session at a military academy in the capital Riyadh, killing one cadet and injuring nine.
A soccer player finds a live hand grenade on the field and chucks it away just in time before it explodes.
Firefighters have put out a two-alarm fire at the Doe Run lead plant in Herculaneum after a transformer exploded.
DEBORAH SILVER/TREASURE COAST NEWSPAPERS Jerome Clark, 14, walks through the kitchen of his Hobe Sound home Monday afternoon after a propane tank exploded Sunday evening while his father was grilling.
Exploding fireworks may cause injury to eyes if person nearby.
Houseboat explodes on Lake Powell.
Houseboat explodes on Lake Powell.
House church leaders discuss why the movement has exploded so rapidly and explain why it will continue its momentum.
In July two Mosgiel teenagers suffered critical injuries when an LPG exploded.
Featured Articles With a new 'gorgeous face' called Vogue, diamond importer Star Gems enjoys exploding growth.
In the post-Citizens United world, the amount of "independent expenditure" or third-party advertising by non-candidate groups has exploded.

In science:

Thus, the traditional method of summing and squaring the amplitudes by use of the completeness relations leads to an exploding number of terms to be evaluated.
AMEGIC++ 1.0, A Matrix Element Generator In C++
Active research in this field has exploded since the discovery by Shor that a quantum computer could, in theory, factor large semi-primes exponentially faster than can currently be done on a classical computer.
Implementing the quantum random walk
First, the given term of sort any is exploded to access the functor and the children.
Typed Generic Traversal With Term Rewriting Strategies
That is, the ELAN type system does not ensure that the manipulated exploded terms form valid terms in the many-sorted sense.
Typed Generic Traversal With Term Rewriting Strategies
Also, the use of explosion and implosion in a program implies a basically untyped manipulation of exploded terms.
Typed Generic Traversal With Term Rewriting Strategies