"explodes" in the verb sense
1. explode, detonate, blow up, set off
cause to burst with a violent release of energy
"We exploded the nuclear bomb"
2. explode, burst
burst outward, usually with noise
"The champagne bottle exploded"
show a violent emotional reaction
"The boss exploded when he heard of the resignation of the secretary"
4. explode, burst forth, break loose
be unleashed emerge with violence or noise
"His anger exploded"
destroy by exploding
"The enemy exploded the bridge"
cause to burst as a result of air pressure of stop consonants like /p/, /t/, and /k/
drive from the stage by noisy disapproval
show (a theory or claim) to be baseless, or refute and make obsolete
9. detonate, explode, blow up
burst and release energy as through a violent chemical or physical reaction
"the bomb detonated at noon"
"The Molotov cocktail exploded"
10. explode, irrupt
increase rapidly and in an uncontrolled manner
"The population of India is exploding"
"The island's rodent population irrupted"
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