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Definitions of explode

  1. cause to explode; " We exploded the nuclear bomb"
  2. be unleashed; burst forth with violence or noise, as of an emotion or an expression of emotion; " His anger exploded"
  3. burst outward, usually with noise; " The champagne bottle exploded"
  4. destroy by exploding; " The enemy exploded the bridge"
  5. show to be baseless, or refute and make obsolete, as of a new theory or claim
  6. show a violent emotional reaction; " The boss exploded when he heard of the resignation of the secretary"
  7. drive from the stage by noisy disapproval
  8. cause to burst as a result of air pressure; of stop consonants like / p/, / t/, and / k/
  9. " I could hear rifles explode"
  10. show ( a theory or claim) to be baseless, or refute and make obsolete
  11. To become suddenly expanded into a great volume of gas or vapor; to burst violently into flame; as gunpowder explodes.
  12. 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.
  13. To burst forth with sudden violence and noise; as, at this, his wrath exploded.
  14. To drive from the stage by noisy expressions of disapprobation; to hoot off; to drive away or reject noisily; as, to explode a play.
  15. To bring into disrepute, and reject; to drive from notice and acceptance; as, to explode a scheme, fashion, or doctrine.
  16. To cause to explode or burst noisily; to detonate; as, to explode powder by touching it with fire.
  17. To drive out with violence and noise, as by powder.
  18. To burst forth with sudden noise and violence; collapse.
  19. To cause to burst from a solid to a gaseous state; refute or disprove; do away with; demolish.
  20. To cry down, as an actor: to bring into disrepute, and reject.
  21. To burst with a loud report.
  22. To bring into disrepute; burst; cause to make an explosion.
  23. To burst or expand suddenly with noise.
  24. To burst; drive out violently; flash up noisily, as, gunpowder.
  25. To disprove utterly.
  26. To express disapprobation of, with hooting; to hiss off the stage; to condemn; to reject.
  27. To burst with violence and a loud report.
  28. To burst forth with sudden violence and noise; to cause to burst, as gunpowder; to drive from notice; to cry down, as a fashion or an opinion.
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Usage examples for explode

  1. Never gave him a thought again until this mornin' I hears Mr. Robert explode over something he's just read in the paper. – Wilt Thou Torchy by Sewell Ford
  2. All vanity aside, he had dropped a bomb under the feet of John Mark, and some day the bomb might explode. – Ronicky Doone by Max Brand
  3. If you don't want a bomb to explode, but the only way to destroy that bomb is by blowing it up with another bomb of equal power, where is the gain? – What The Left Hand Was Doing by Gordon Randall Garrett
  4. Were they to stop but for a single second, the nitroglycerin would explode. – Careers of Danger and Daring by Cleveland Moffett
  5. A wooden box, turned up on its side, formed sufficient protection from the rain to get a cracker lighted, and Marjorie bravely held it until it was almost ready to explode, and then flung it out into the storm. – Marjorie's Vacation by Carolyn Wells
  6. Don't fail to explode that charge at twenty- three- oh- five. – Rip Foster in Ride the Gray Planet by Harold Leland Goodwin
  7. If the person opposing the will of another, be so far below him as to be on a level with chattels, and be actually held and used as an article of property; pride, scorn, lust of power, rage and revenge explode together upon the hapless victim. – The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus by American Anti-Slavery Society
  8. Then Dum did explode. – Vacation with the Tucker Twins by Nell Speed
  9. Hawksworth felt his heart explode, realizing there was no arrival- and no possibility of using King James's presents to bargain for Shirin. – The Moghul by Thomas Hoover
  10. We seemed to be seated over a powder- magazine which threatened to explode at any moment. – Master Tales of Mystery, Volume 3 by Collected and Arranged by Francis J. Reynolds
  11. I wonder that such people do not think of a certain passage, which must forever explode such a theory, where the Apostle says, " Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me." – Godliness by Catherine Booth
  12. Quiet, she said, putting her hand on my shoulder, for I was about to explode with temper. – Dawson Black: Retail Merchant by Harold Whitehead
  13. My heart seemed to explode, yet my mind kept extraordinarily clear and rapid. – The Rustlers of Pecos County by Zane Grey
  14. The gas tanks have given way and the fuel may explode any second. – Jane Stewardess of the Air Lines by Ruthe S. Wheeler
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