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"I ought to find the connection and explode it," repeated Caradoc doggedly.

Hurriedly he tried a half dozen more cartridges but they refused to explode.

At that very moment the Arabella seemed to explode as she swept by.

The flame is so completely hollow that even it cannot explode the powder.

"La Liberté was no longer there to explode," Delcassé objected grimly.

That they could not explode of themselves in that way seems certain.

His appearance in the fray was like that of a bombshell timed to explode in its midst.

It also, happily, failed to explode, but we were sure some one must have been killed by it.

It was a lot easier just to let her explode and then fizzle out.

And after all, their bombshell did not hurt anybody when they did explode it.

WORD ORIGIN

1530s, "to reject with scorn," from Latin explodere "drive out or off by clapping, hiss off, hoot off," originally theatrical, "to drive an actor off the stage by making noise," hence "drive out, reject" (a sense surviving in an exploded theory), from ex- "out" (see ex-) + plaudere "to clap the hands, applaud," of uncertain origin. Athenian audiences were highly demonstrative. clapping and shouting approval, stamping, hissing, and hooting for disapproval. The Romans seem to have done likewise.

English used it to mean "drive out with violence and sudden noise" (1650s), later, "go off with a loud noise" (American English, 1790); sense of "to burst with destructive force" is first recorded 1882; of population, 1959. Related: Exploded; exploding.

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