explode

[ ik-splohd ]
/ ɪkˈsploʊd /

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

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


Nearby words

  1. explicative,
  2. explicatory,
  3. explicit,
  4. explicit function,
  5. explicitly,
  6. exploded view,
  7. explodent,
  8. exploding star,
  9. exploit,
  10. exploitable

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

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British Dictionary definitions for explode

explode

/ (ɪkˈspləʊd) /

verb

Compare implode

Derived Formsexploder, 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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Word Origin and History for explode

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