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Definition of explode:

  1. To become suddenly expanded into a great volume of gas or vapor; to burst violently into flame; as gunpowder explodes.
  2. To bring into disrepute, and reject; to drive from notice and acceptance; as, to explode a scheme, fashion, or doctrine.
  3. To burst forth with sudden violence and noise; as, at this, his wrath exploded.
  4. To burst with force and a loud report; to detonate, as a shell filled with powder or the like material, or as a boiler from too great pressure of steam.
  5. To cause to explode or burst noisily; to detonate; as, to explode powder by touching it with fire.
  6. To drive from the stage by noisy expressions of disapprobation; to hoot off; to drive away or reject noisily; as, to explode a play.
  7. To drive out with violence and noise, as by powder.

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