Pronunciation: (ik-splōd'), [key]
— v., -plod•ed, -plod•ing.
- to expand with force and noise because of rapid chemical change or decomposition, as gunpowder or nitroglycerine (opposed to implode).
- to burst, fly into pieces, or break up violently with a loud report, as a boiler from excessive pressure of steam.
- to burst forth violently or emotionally, esp. with noise, laughter, violent speech, etc.: He exploded with rage when contradicted.
- (of plosives) to terminate the occlusive phase with a plosion. Cf. implode (def. 2).
- to play an explosion shot on a golf ball.
- to cause (gunpowder, a boiler, etc.) to explode.
- to cause to be rejected; destroy the repute of; discredit or disprove: to explode a theory.
- to end with plosion.
- to play an explosion shot on (a golf ball).
- to drive (a player, play, etc.) from the stage by loud expressions of disapprobation.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.