verb (used without object), ex·plod·ed, ex·plod·ing.
verb (used with object), ex·plod·ed, ex·plod·ing.
- explicit function,
- exploded view,
- exploding star,
Origin of explode
Examples from the Web for 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|Alec Kubas-Meyer|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
It failed to explode, but U.S. officials knew they were lucky.
Markov tells The Daily Beast he expects the situation in eastern Ukraine to explode in the coming two days.
Add in fiery preaching by anti-gay zealots, often funded by American organizations, and you have a volatile brew ready to explode.
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|Andrew Romano|July 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
My dogs look like they are going to explode, said Chuck as he wiggled his toes in the cool water.Slim Evans and his Horse Lightning|Graham M. Dean
"And something will explode ere long, I imagine," laughed Horace Kelsey.The Young Bridge-Tender|Arthur M. Winfield
Very often excessive speed alone will cause a fan to explode.Life in a Railway Factory|Alfred Williams
In point of fact, the charge is set with an interrupter detonator which will explode as soon at the power line is severed.The Great Drought|Sterner St. Paul Meek
It may explode on contact or on time, or a combination of these two.Armageddon--2419 A.D.|Philip Francis Nowlan
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.