Burst vs Explode - What's the difference?

burst | explode |

In intransitive terms the difference between burst and explode

is that burst is to enter or exit hurriedly and unexpectedly while explode is to blast, to blow up, to burst, to detonate, to go off.

In transitive terms the difference between burst and explode

is that burst is to produce as an effect of bursting while explode is to create an exploded view.

As a noun burst

is an instance of, or the act of bursting.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?



(wikipedia burst)


(en noun)
  • An instance of, or the act of bursting .
  • The bursts of the bombs could be heard miles away.
  • A series of shots fired from an automatic firearm.
  • Derived terms

    * cloudburst


  • To break from internal pressure.
  • * {{quote-book, year=1963, author=(Margery Allingham), title=(The China Governess)
  • , chapter=6 citation , passage=‘[…] I remember a lady coming to inspect St. Mary's Home where I was brought up and seeing us all in our lovely Elizabethan uniforms we were so proud of, and bursting into tears all over us because “it was wicked to dress us like charity children”. […]’.}}
  • To cause to break from internal pressure.
  • (obsolete) To cause to break by any means.
  • * Shakespeare
  • You will not pay for the glasses you have burst ?
  • * Fairfax
  • He burst his lance against the sand below.
  • To separate formfeed at perforation lines.
  • To enter or exit hurriedly and unexpectedly.
  • * 1856 : (Gustave Flaubert), (Madame Bovary), Part III Chapter X, translated by Eleanor Marx-Aveling
  • He entered Maromme shouting for the people of the inn, burst open the door with a thrust of his shoulder, made for a sack of oats, emptied a bottle of sweet cider into the manger, and again mounted his nag, whose feet struck fire as it dashed along.
  • * 1913 , (Mariano Azuela), The Underdogs, translated by E. MunguÍa, Jr.
  • Like hungry dogs who have sniffed their meat, the mob bursts in, trampling down the women who sought to bar the entrance with their bodies.
  • To produce as an effect of bursting.
  • to burst a hole through the wall

    Derived terms

    * burst forth * burst into flame * burst out * burst someone's bubble




    Alternative forms

    * asplode, esplode (all non-standard)


  • To destroy with an explosion.
  • The assassin exploded the car by means of a car bomb.
  • To destroy violently or abruptly.
  • They sought to explode the myth.
  • To create an exploded view.
  • Explode the assembly drawing so that all the fasteners are visible.
  • (archaic) To disprove or debunk.
  • *, II, 344
  • Astrology is required by many famous physiciansdoubted of, and exploded by others.
  • To blast, to blow up, to burst, to detonate, to go off.
  • The bomb explodes .
  • (figuratively) To make a violent or emotional outburst.
  • She exploded when I criticised her hat.
  • * 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.”
  • (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.
  • To decompress (data) that was previously imploded.
  • * 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


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