Explode - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ɪkˈsploʊd|  American pronunciation of the word explode
Brit.  |ɪkˈspləʊd|  British pronunciation of the word explode


- cause to burst with a violent release of energy(syn: detonate)
- burst outward, usually with noise(syn: burst)
- show a violent emotional reaction
- be unleashed; emerge with violence or noise
- destroy by exploding
- cause to burst as a result of air pressure; of stop consonants like /p/, /t/, and /k/
- drive from the stage by noisy disapproval

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One of the shells failed to explode.

These occasional skirmishes may soon explode into all-out war.

The birds suddenly exploded into flight.

The building exploded in flames.

She looked like she was ready to explode with anger.

The device was thrown at an army patrol but failed to explode.

Far sooner than anyone thought possible, the Russians exploded an atomic bomb.

Florida's population exploded after World War II.

Paul exploded. 'What has it got to do with you?' he yelled.

She exploded with grief and anger.

He told a joke which made Hank explode with laughter.

He exploded into a screaming, kicking rage.

Riots may explode at any time.

The continued tension could explode into more violence.

A clap of thunder exploded overhead.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: explode
he/she/it: explodes
present participle: exploding
past tense: exploded
past participle: exploded
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