explode vs irrupt what difference

what is difference between explode and irrupt


Alternative forms

  • asplode, esplode (both non-standard)


First recorded around 1538, from the Latin verb explōdere meaning to “drive out or off by clapping”. The meaning was originally theatrical, “to drive an actor off the stage by making noise,” hence meaning to “to drive out” or “to reject”. From ex- (out) + plaudere (to clap; to applaud). In English it used to mean to “drive out with violence and sudden noise” (from around 1660), and later meaning to “go off with a loud noise” (from around 1790).

The sense of “bursting with destructive force” is first recorded around 1882.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ɪkˈspləʊd/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ɪkˈsploʊd/
  • Rhymes: -əʊd


explode (third-person singular simple present explodes, present participle exploding, simple past and past participle exploded)

  1. (transitive) To destroy with an explosion.
    Synonyms: blow up, blow, blast, burst
  2. (transitive) To destroy violently or abruptly.
  3. (transitive) To create an exploded view of.
  4. (transitive, archaic) To disprove or debunk.
    • , II, 344
      Astrology is required by many famous physicians [] doubted of, and exploded by others.
    • 1783, Richard Wooddeson, Lectures on the Law of England, 229
      Another instance of the like nature is, that the old opinion, that Turks and infidels are perpetually to be considered as alien enemies, has been long exploded.
  5. (intransitive) To blast, to blow up, to burst, to detonate, to go off.
  6. (figuratively, intransitive) To make a violent or emotional outburst.
    Synonym: blow up
    • 1902, Albert R. Carman, “My Bridal Trip” (short story), in The Canadian Magazine, Volume 20, Number 1 (November 1902), page 15:
      “Nonsense!” Jack exploded at me. “Why Miss Bertram here knocked that theory into a cocked hat coming over on the train.”
  7. (figuratively, intransitive) To increase suddenly.
    Synonym: blow up
  8. (computing, programming, PHP) To break (a delimited string of text) into several smaller strings by removing the separators.
    • 2004, Hugh E. Williams, David Lane, Web Database Applications with PHP and MySQL
      The third check uses the exploded data stored in the array $parts and the function checkdate() to test if the date is a valid calendar date.
  9. (transitive, computing) To decompress (data) that was previously imploded.
    Synonym: unstring
    • 1992, “Steve Tibbett”, PKZIP Implode compression/decompression. (on newsgroup comp.compression)
      I’m looking for some code that will implode data using the PKZIP method.. and explode it. PKWare sells an object that you can link with that does the job, and we have licensed this, but we are now writing 32 bit code for MS-DOS and the PKWare stuff won’t work []
  10. (transitive) To open all doors and hatches on an automobile.


Related terms

  • explosion
  • explosive
  • implode
  • implosive
  • applaud





  1. second-person singular present active imperative of explōdō



  • Rhymes: -ʌpt

Etymology 1

From Latin irruptus, past participle of irrumpō.


irrupt (third-person singular simple present irrupts, present participle irrupting, simple past and past participle irrupted)

  1. (transitive) To break into.
  2. (intransitive) To enter forcibly or uninvited.
  3. (intransitive) To rapidly increase or intensify.
Derived terms
  • irruptive
Related terms
  • irruption


Etymology 2



  1. Misspelling of erupt.

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