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One entry found for explode.
Entry Word: explode
Function: verb
Text: 1 to break open or into pieces usually because of internal pressure <the building was wrecked when a powerful bomb exploded>
Synonyms blow up, burst, detonate, go off, pop
Related Words fragment, shatter, smash, splinter; discharge, fire, shoot; balloon, burgeon, mushroom
Near Antonyms collapse, fizzle
Antonyms implode
2 to cause to break open or into pieces by or as if by an explosive <the bomb was so powerful that it exploded windows in neighboring buildings> -- see BLAST 1
3 to develop suddenly and violently <the mayor's latest unpopular decision caused long-suppressed resentment to explode into open anger> -- see ERUPT 2