• (British) IPA: /ɪkˈspləʊd/
  • (America) IPA: /ɪkˈsploʊd/

explode (explodes, present participle exploding; past and past participle exploded)

  1. (transitive) To destroy with an explosion.
    Synonyms: blow up, blow, blast, burst
    The assassin exploded the car by means of a car bomb.
  2. (transitive) To destroy violently or abruptly.
    They sought to explode the myth.
  3. (transitive) To create an exploded view of.
    Explode the assembly drawing so that all the fasteners are visible.
  4. (transitive, archaic) To disprove or debunk.
    • 1624, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy: […], 2nd edition, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Printed by John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 54573970 ↗:
      , II, 344
      Astrology is required by many famous physicians […] doubted of, and exploded by others.
    • 1783, Richard Wooddeson, Lectures on the Law of England, 229 ↗
      Another instance of the like nature is, that the old opinion, that Turks and infidels are perpetually to be considered as alien enemies, has been long exploded.
  5. (intransitive) To blast, to blow up, to burst, to detonate, to go off.
    The bomb explodes.
  6. (figuratively, intransitive) To make a violent or emotional outburst.
    Synonyms: blow up
    She exploded when I criticised her hat.
    • 1902, Albert R. Carman, “My Bridal Trip” (short story), in The Canadian Magazine, Volume 20, Number 1 (November 1902), page 15 ↗:
      “Nonsense!” Jack exploded at me. “Why Miss Bertram here knocked that theory into a cocked hat coming over on the train.”
  7. (figurative, intransitive) To increase suddenly.
    Synonyms: blow up
  8. (computing, programming, PHP) To break (a delimited string of text) into several smaller strings by removing the separators.
    • 2004, Hugh E. Williams, David Lane, Web Database Applications with PHP and MySQL
      The third check uses the exploded data stored in the array $parts and the function checkdate() to test if the date is a valid calendar date.
  9. (transitive, computing) To decompress (data) that was previously imploded.
    Synonyms: unstring
    • 1992, "Steve Tibbett", PKZIP Implode compression/decompression. (on newsgroup comp.compression)
      I'm looking for some code that will implode data using the PKZIP method.. and explode it. PKWare sells an object that you can link with that does the job, and we have licensed this, but we are now writing 32 bit code for MS-DOS and the PKWare stuff won't work […]
  10. (transitive) To open all doors and hatches on an automobile.
Related terms Translations Translations
  • Portuguese: explodir
  • Russian: взрыва́ть

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