|1.||[ verb ] cause to explode|
|Synonyms:||blow_up detonate set_off|
"We exploded the nuclear bomb"
|Related terms:||change_integrity dynamite fulminate explosion explosion detonator|
|2.||[ verb ] burst outward, usually with noise|
"The champagne bottle exploded"
|Related terms:||implode change_integrity go_off erupt detonate crump explosion|
|3.||[ verb ] show a violent emotional reaction|
"The boss exploded when he heard of the resignation of the secretary"
|4.||[ verb ] be unleashed; burst forth with violence or noise, as of an emotion or an expression of emotion|
"His anger exploded"
|Related terms:||change_state explosion|
|5.||[ verb ] (arms) cause to burst as a result of air pressure; of stop consonants like /p/, /t/, and /k/|
|Related terms:||pronounce fire plosion|
|6.||[ verb ] cause to burst as a result of air pressure; of stop consonants like /p/, /t/, and /k/|
|7.||[ verb ] destroy by exploding|
: "The enemy exploded the bridge"
|8.||[ verb ] show to be baseless, or refute and make obsolete, as of a new theory or claim|
|9.||[ verb ] drive from the stage by noisy disapproval|
|Related terms:||condemn boo|
|10.||[ verb ] increase rapidly and in an uncontrolled manner|
"The population of India is exploding" "The island's rodent population irrupted"
|Related terms:||increase explosion|