• (verb-intransitive): To release mechanical, chemical, or nuclear energy by the sudden production of gases in a confined space: The bomb exploded.
  • (verb-intransitive): To burst violently as a result of internal pressure.
  • (verb-intransitive): To shatter with a loud noise: The vase exploded into tiny pieces when it hit the floor.
  • (verb-intransitive): To make an emotional outburst: My neighbor exploded in rage at the trespassers.
  • (verb-intransitive): To increase suddenly, sharply, and without control: The population level in this area has exploded during the past 12 years.
  • (verb-intransitive): To change state or appearance suddenly: Over the weekend the trees exploded with color.
  • (verb-intransitive): Sports To hit a golf ball out of a sand trap with a shot that scatters the sand.
  • (verb-transitive): To cause to release energy or burst violently and noisily: The children exploded three firecrackers.
  • (verb-transitive): To show to be false or unreliable: explode a hypothesis.
  • (verb-transitive): Sports To hit (a golf ball) out of a sand trap with an explosive shot.

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  • (verb): increase rapidly and in an uncontrolled manner; "The population of India is exploding"; "The island's rodent population irrupted"
  • (verb): burst and release energy as through a violent chemical or physical reaction; "the bomb detonated at noon"; "The Molotov cocktail exploded"
  • (verb): show (a theory or claim) to be baseless, or refute and make obsolete
  • (verb): drive from the stage by noisy disapproval
  • (verb): cause to burst as a result of air pressure; of stop consonants like /p/, /t/, and /k/
  • (verb): destroy by exploding; "The enemy exploded the bridge"
  • (verb): be unleashed; emerge with violence or noise; "His anger exploded"
  • (verb): show a violent emotional reaction; "The boss exploded when he heard of the resignation of the secretary"
  • (verb): burst outward, usually with noise; "The champagne bottle exploded"
  • (verb): cause to burst with a violent release of energy; "We exploded the nuclear bomb"

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Example Sentences

  • Then the Japanese soldiers would jump on them until they would explode from the water pressure.

  • Try not to let your brain explode at the mass of slush incoming today.

  • That's because you need conflict to make a story, and setting a bomb to explode is easier than thinking of an ingenious way for your hero to diffuse it.

  • A car full of white people whose collective bladders are about to explode is a car full of tension!

  • Did the beautiful new Mac explode from the psychic force of Le R's displeasure, or from overheating of the Shift key as Le R expressed said displeasure?

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