explode

explode
exploder, n.
/ik splohd"/, v., exploded, exploding.
v.i.
1. to expand with force and noise because of rapid chemical change or decomposition, as gunpowder or nitroglycerine (opposed to implode).
2. to burst, fly into pieces, or break up violently with a loud report, as a boiler from excessive pressure of steam.
3. to burst forth violently or emotionally, esp. with noise, laughter, violent speech, etc.: He exploded with rage when contradicted.
4. Phonet. (of plosives) to terminate the occlusive phase with a plosion. Cf. implode (def. 2).
5. Golf. to play an explosion shot on a golf ball.
v.t.
6. to cause (gunpowder, a boiler, etc.) to explode.
7. to cause to be rejected; destroy the repute of; discredit or disprove: to explode a theory.
8. Phonet. to end with plosion.
9. Golf. to play an explosion shot on (a golf ball).
10. Obs. to drive (a player, play, etc.) from the stage by loud expressions of disapprobation.
[1530-40; < L explodere to drive off by clapping, drive away, equiv. to ex- EX-1 + plod- var. s. of plaudere to clap, beat]

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