v 1: cause to explode; "We exploded the nuclear bomb" [syn: detonate
, set off
2: burst outward, usually with noise; "The champagne bottle
exploded" [syn: burst
] [ant: implode
3: show a violent emotional reaction; "The boss exploded when
he heard of the resignation of the secretary"
4: be unleashed; burst forth with violence or noise, as of an
emotion or an expression of emotion; "His anger exploded"
[syn: burst forth
, break loose
5: "I could hear rifles explode"
6: destroy by exploding: "The enemy exploded the bridge"
7: cause to burst as a result of air pressure; of stop
consonants like /p/, /t/, and /k/
8: drive from the stage by noisy disapproval
9: show to be baseless, or refute and make obsolete, as of a
new theory or claim
10: increase rapidly and in an uncontrolled manner; "The
population of India is exploding"