—v.i. 1. to expand with force and noise because of rapid chemical change or decomposition, as gunpowder or nitroglycerine (opposed to implode).
2. to burst, fly into pieces, or break up violently with a loud report, as a boiler from excessive pressure of steam.
3. to burst forth violently or emotionally, esp. with noise, laughter, violent speech, etc.: He exploded with rage when contradicted. 4. Phonet.(of plosives) to terminate the occlusive phase with a plosion. Cf. implode (def. 2).
5. Golf.to play an explosion shot on a golf ball.
—v.t. 1. to cause (gunpowder, a boiler, etc.) to explode.
2. to cause to be rejected; destroy the repute of; discredit or disprove: to explode a theory. 3. Phonet.to end with plosion.
4. Golf.to play an explosion shot on (a golf ball).
5. Obs.to drive (a player, play, etc.) from the stage by loud expressions of disapprobation.