explode


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Idioms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

explode

(eks-plōd′) [L. explodere, to drive away by clapping the hands]
1. To release energy suddenly, as when a bomb detonates.
2. In epidemiology, to appear suddenly or have rapid onset.
3. To display a powerful emotion in words or deeds
References in periodicals archive ?
C) BURST CHARGE: Made of black powder, it explodes the shell in mid air.
At last month's Oscar nominees' luncheon, O'Connell, 48, said he felt certain his head would explode if he actually heard his name after 18 nominations to his personal credit.
At the time, they said, they never would have believed that Kapton could explode.
Before it explodes, the volcano will swell, spout steam and gas, and rumble noisily for months.
To put nLTO to the test, Altairnano performed "hot box" exercises on its batteries at temperatures up to 240 degrees C -- which is more than 100 degrees C above the temperature at which graphite-based batteries can explode -- with zero explosions or safety concerns.
Its outward push becomes so great that the egg explodes.
The benefits of distributing CAD designs as 3DF files include persistent file security, smaller file size, content expiration controls, copyright banner options and the ability to restrict functions such as measure, explode and cross section.
Samsung claims that this is the safest thing to do right now because there have been no incident reports that claim this speed cycle could also lead machines to explode, as per (http://appleinsider.
But despite the importance of these events, no one knows exactly how white dwarfs explode.
Dimitri, owner of the building, speculated that Saturday's soaring temperatures might have caused the 55-gallon drums of chemicals to explode.
Because important questions remain about why stars explode, astronomers are grateful to uncover new details about supernovas, notes Mike Shull of the University of Colorado in Boulder.
They found that the blue spots explode during hostile encounters with other species.