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. 1. To cause chemical changes or disintegration accompanied by noisy violence. 2. To burst. 3. To break out suddenly, as an epidemic.
  21. To cry down, as an actor: to bring into disrepute, and reject.
  22. To burst with a loud report.
  23. To bring into disrepute; burst; cause to make an explosion.
  24. To burst or expand suddenly with noise.
  25. To burst; drive out violently; flash up noisily, as, gunpowder.
  26. To disprove utterly.
  27. To express disapprobation of, with hooting; to hiss off the stage; to condemn; to reject.
  28. To burst with violence and a loud report.
  29. 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.

Usage examples for explode

  1. If, on the other hand, the cause is purely static, involving no change within itself, then, in the first place, no such cause is to be found in nature, and in the second place, it seems strange- too strange to be accepted, in spite of bare logical possibility- that the cause, after existing placidly for some time, should suddenly explode into the effect, when it might just as well have done so at any earlier time, or have gone on unchanged without producing its effect. – Mysticism and Logic and Other Essays by Bertrand Russell
  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. 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
  4. If women couldn't cry, they'd explode." – Lavender and Old Lace by Myrtle Reed
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. " You never know when it's going to explode. – The Lamp in the Desert by Ethel M. Dell
  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. Don't fail to explode that charge at twenty- three- oh- five. – Rip Foster in Ride the Gray Planet by Harold Leland Goodwin
  11. Luckily the torpedo failed to explode. – Leo the Circus Boy by Ralph Bonehill
  12. The gas tanks have given way and the fuel may explode any second. – Jane Stewardess of the Air Lines by Ruthe S. Wheeler
  13. 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
  14. My heart seemed to explode, yet my mind kept extraordinarily clear and rapid. – The Rustlers of Pecos County by Zane Grey
  15. 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
  16. Quiet, she said, putting her hand on my shoulder, for I was about to explode with temper. – Dawson Black: Retail Merchant by Harold Whitehead
  17. 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
  18. It was a lot easier just to let her explode and then fizzle out. – The Odyssey of Sam Meecham by Charles E. Fritch
  19. Were they to stop but for a single second, the nitroglycerin would explode. – Careers of Danger and Daring by Cleveland Moffett