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English Dictionary: explode by the DICT Development Group
3 results for explode
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. cause to burst with a violent release of energy; "We exploded the nuclear bomb"
    Synonym(s): explode, detonate, blow up, set off
  2. burst outward, usually with noise; "The champagne bottle exploded"
    Synonym(s): explode, burst
    Antonym(s): go off, implode
  3. show a violent emotional reaction; "The boss exploded when he heard of the resignation of the secretary"
  4. be unleashed; emerge with violence or noise; "His anger exploded"
    Synonym(s): explode, burst forth, break loose
  5. destroy by exploding; "The enemy exploded the bridge"
  6. cause to burst as a result of air pressure; of stop consonants like /p/, /t/, and /k/
  7. drive from the stage by noisy disapproval
  8. show (a theory or claim) to be baseless, or refute and make obsolete
  9. burst and release energy as through a violent chemical or physical reaction;"the bomb detonated at noon"; "The Molotov cocktail exploded"
    Synonym(s): detonate, explode, blow up
  10. increase rapidly and in an uncontrolled manner; "The population of India is exploding"; "The island's rodent population irrupted"
    Synonym(s): explode, irrupt
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Explode \Ex*plode"\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Exploded}; p. pr. &
      vb. n. {Exploding}.] [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}.]
      1. To become suddenly expanded into a great volume of gas or
            vapor; to burst violently into flame; as gunpowder
      2. 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.
      3. To burst forth with sudden violence and noise; as, at
            this, his wrath exploded.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Explode \Ex*plode"\, v. t.
      1. To drive from the stage by noisy expressions of
            disapprobation; to hoot off; to drive away or reject
            noisily; as, to explode a play. [Obs.]
                     Him old and young Exploded, and seized with violent
                     hands.                                                --Milton.
      2. To bring into disrepute, and reject; to drive from notice
            and acceptance; as, to explode a scheme, fashion, or
                     Old exploded contrivances of mercantile fraud.
                     To explode and exterminate dark atheism. --Bently.
      3. To cause to explode or burst noisily; to detonate; as, to
            explode powder by touching it with fire.
      4. 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.         --Blackmore.
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