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 for explode
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Explode \Ex*plode"\ ([e^]ks*pl[=o]d"), v. i. [imp. & p. p.
     Exploded; p. pr. & vb. n. Exploding.] [L. explodere,
     explosum, to drive out, drive out a player by clapping; ex
     out + plaudere, plodere, to clap, strike, applaud: cf. OF.
     exploder. See Plausible.]
     1. To become suddenly expanded into a great volume of gas or
        vapor; to burst violently into flame; as, gunpowder
        explodes.
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     2. 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.
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     3. To burst forth with sudden violence and noise; as, at
        this, his wrath exploded.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Explode \Ex*plode"\, v. t.
     1. To drive from the stage by noisy expressions of
        disapprobation; to hoot off; to drive away or reject
        noisily; as, to explode a play. [Obs.]
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              Him old and young
              Exploded, and seized with violent hands. --Milton.
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     2. To bring into disrepute, and reject; to drive from notice
        and acceptance; as, to explode a scheme, fashion, or
        doctrine.
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              Old exploded contrivances of mercantile fraud.
                                                    --Burke.
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              To explode and exterminate dark atheism. --Bently.
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     3. To cause to explode or burst noisily; to detonate; as, to
        explode powder by touching it with fire.
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     4. To drive out with violence and noise, as by powder.
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              But late the kindled powder did explode
              The massy ball and the brass tube unload.
                                                    --Blackmore.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

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

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  92 Moby Thesaurus words for "explode":
     backfire, bang, bark, be angry, be excitable, belie, bellow, blast,
     blow a fuse, blow a gasket, blow out, blow sky-high, blow up,
     break out, burst, burst forth, bust, catch fire,
     catch the infection, coal, come apart, come to nothing, crack,
     debunk, deflate, detonate, discharge, disconfirm, discredit,
     disprove, erupt, excite easily, expose, fail miserably, feed,
     fill up, fire, fire up, fizz out, fizzle, fizzle out, flame up,
     flare up, flash up, flip, fly apart, fly out, freak out, fuel,
     fuel up, fulminate, get excited, get nowhere, go into hysterics,
     go off, go phut, hang up, have a tantrum, hit the ceiling,
     invalidate, let off, misfire, mushroom, negate, negative, oil,
     poop out, pop, prove the contrary, puncture, rage, ramp, rant,
     rant and rave, rave, refuel, refute, reject, repudiate,
     run a temperature, seethe, set off, shoot, show up, smolder, stoke,
     storm, take fire, top off, touch off, turn a hair, undercut
  
  

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