explode

[ ik-splohd ]
/ ɪkˈsploʊd /

verb (used without object), ex·plod·ed, ex·plod·ing.

verb (used with object), ex·plod·ed, ex·plod·ing.

Origin of explode

1530–40; < Latin explōdere to drive off by clapping, drive away, equivalent to ex- ex-1 + plod- variant stem of plaudere to clap, beat

Related forms

ex·plod·er, nounpre·ex·plode, verb, pre·ex·plod·ed, pre·ex·plod·ing.un·ex·plod·ed, adjective
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explode

/ (ɪkˈspləʊd) /

verb


Compare implode

Derived Forms

exploder, noun

Word Origin for explode

C16: from Latin explōdere to drive off by clapping, hiss (an actor) off, from ex- 1 + plaudere to clap
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