- [verb] cause to explode; "We exploded the nuclear bomb"
Synonyms: detonate, blow up, set off
- [verb] burst outward, usually with noise; "The champagne bottle exploded"
- [verb] show a violent emotional reaction; "The boss exploded when he heard of the resignation of the secretary"
- [verb] be unleashed; burst forth with violence or noise; "His anger exploded"
Synonyms: burst forth, break loose
- [verb] destroy by exploding; "The enemy exploded the bridge"
- [verb] cause to burst as a result of air pressure; of stop consonants like /p/, /t/, and /k/
- [verb] drive from the stage by noisy disapproval
- [verb] show (a theory or claim) to be baseless, or refute and make obsolete
- [verb] increase rapidly and in an uncontrolled manner; "The population of India is exploding"; "The island's rodent population irrupted"