verb (used without object), ex·plod·ed, ex·plod·ing.
verb (used with object), ex·plod·ed, ex·plod·ing.
Origin of explode
Related Words for explodecollapse, mushroom, burst, shatter, detonate, erupt, blast, rupture, backfire, jet, convulse, shiver, split, fracture, thunder, discharge, blaze, invalidate, disprove, refute
Examples from the Web for explode
Contemporary Examples of explode
Angry Birds at its simplest was the same way, though you wanted to watch things collapse and explode.Lost For Thousands of Strokes: 'Desert Golfing' Is 'Angry Birds' as Modern Art
January 2, 2015
It failed to explode, but U.S. officials knew they were lucky.Pakistani School Killers Want to Strike the U.S.
Sami Yousafzai, Christopher Dickey
December 17, 2014
Markov tells The Daily Beast he expects the situation in eastern Ukraine to explode in the coming two days.Ukraine Could Explode in the Next 48 Hours
November 10, 2014
Add in fiery preaching by anti-gay zealots, often funded by American organizations, and you have a volatile brew ready to explode.The Uganda Ruling is Good For Everyone But Gays
August 1, 2014
Holmes: “I had five seconds from the time the pin falls off from that grenade until it will explode.”‘Kill Team’: The Documentary the Army Doesn’t Want You to See
July 26, 2014
Historical Examples of explode
"I ought to find the connection and explode it," repeated Caradoc doggedly.The Cruise of the Dry Dock
T. S. Stribling
Hurriedly he tried a half dozen more cartridges but they refused to explode.The Solar Magnet
Sterner St. Paul Meek
At that very moment the Arabella seemed to explode as she swept by.Captain Blood
The flame is so completely hollow that even it cannot explode the powder.The Story of a Tinder-box
Charles Meymott Tidy
That they could not explode of themselves in that way seems certain.The Destroyer
Burton Egbert Stevenson
Word Origin for explode
1530s, "to reject with scorn," from Latin explodere "drive out or off by clapping, hiss off, hoot off," originally theatrical, "to drive an actor off the stage by making noise," hence "drive out, reject" (a sense surviving in an exploded theory), from ex- "out" (see ex-) + plaudere "to clap the hands, applaud," of uncertain origin. Athenian audiences were highly demonstrative. clapping and shouting approval, stamping, hissing, and hooting for disapproval. The Romans seem to have done likewise.
At the close of the performance of a comedy in the Roman theatre one of the actors dismissed the audience, with a request for their approbation, the expression being usually plaudite, vos plaudite, or vos valete et plaudite. [William Smith, "A First Latin Reading Book," 1890]
English used it to mean "drive out with violence and sudden noise" (1650s), later, "go off with a loud noise" (American English, 1790); sense of "to burst with destructive force" is first recorded 1882; of population, 1959. Related: Exploded; exploding.