Explode vs Bomb - What's the difference?

explode | bomb |

As verbs the difference between explode and bomb

is that explode is to destroy with an explosion while bomb is (intransitive) to attack using one or more s; to bombard.

As a noun bomb is

an explosive device used or intended as a weapon.

As a adjective bomb is

(slang) great, awesome.

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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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    (wikipedia bomb)


    (en noun)
  • An explosive device used or intended as a weapon.
  • * 2008 , Sidney Gelb, Foreign Service Agent , page 629,
  • The size of the ground hole crater from the blast indicates it was a bomb .
  • # (label) The atomic bomb.
  • # (label) Events or conditions that have a speedy destructive effect.
  • #*{{quote-magazine, date=2014-04-25, author= Martin Lukacs
  • , volume=190, issue=20, page=13, magazine=(The Guardian Weekly) , title= Canada becoming launch-pad of a global tar sands and oil shale frenzy , passage=If Alberta’s reserves are a carbon bomb , this global expansion of tar sands and oil shale exploitation amounts to an escalating emissions arms race, the unlocking of a subterranean cache of weapons of mass ecological destruction.}}
  • (label) A failure; an unpopular commercial product.
  • * 1997 , Eric L. Flom, Chaplin in the Sound Era: An Analysis of the Seven Talkies , page 277,
  • Projection problems plagued Countess? London premiere on January 5, 1967, Jerry Epstein recalled, and it was perhaps an omen, for reaction by critics afterward was swift and immediate: The film was a bomb .
  • * 2010 , (Tony Curtis), (Peter Golenbock), American Prince: My Autobiography , unnumbered page,
  • The movie was a bomb and so was my next film, Balboa , in which I played a scheming real estate tycoon.
  • * 2011 , Elizabeth Barfoot Christian, Rock Brands: Selling Sound in a Media Saturated Culture , page 11,
  • The movie was a bomb , but it put the band before an even larger audience.
  • # A car in poor condition.
  • #* 2005 August 6, Warm affection for a rust-bucket past , [http://www.smh.com.au/news/words/warm-affection-for-a-rustbucket-past/2005/08/04/1123125839592.html]
  • Nowadays, an old bomb simply won’t pass the inspection.
  • #* 2010 , Rebecca James, Beautiful Malice , page 19,
  • We?ve got the money and it just feels ridiculous to let you drive around in that old bomb .
  • #* 2011 , Amarinda Jones, Seducing Celestine , page 49,
  • After two weeks of driving it she knew the car was a bomb and she did not need anyone saying it to her. The only one allowed to pick on her car was her. Piece of crap car
  • A large amount of money, a fortune.
  • * 2009 , Matthew Vierling, The Blizzard , page 133,
  • When Kiley presented Blackpool with the custom shotgun, he said, “This must?ve cost a bomb .”
  • * 2010 , Liz Young, Fair Game , page 136,
  • ‘You?ve already spent a bomb !’
    ‘Not on'' it, Sal — ''under it. Presents!’ As we eventually staggered up to bed, Sally said to me, ‘I hope to God he?s not been spending a bomb on presents, too.’
  • * 2011 , Michael R. Häack, Passport: A Novel of International Intrigue , page 47,
  • The kids cost a bomb to feed, they eat all the time.
  • * 2011 , Bibe, A Victim , page 38,
  • He had recently exchanged his old bike for a new, three speed racer, which cost a bomb and the weekly payment were becoming difficult, with the dangers of repossession.
  • (label) Something highly effective or attractive.
  • # A success; the bomb.
  • # A very attractive woman; a bombshell.
  • # An action or statement that causes a strong reaction.
  • # A long forward pass.
  • # (label) A jump into water in a squatting position, with the arms wrapped around the legs, for maximum splashing.
  • (label) A heavy-walled container designed to permit chemical reactions under high pressure.
  • * 2008 , François Cardarelli, Materials Handbook: A Concise Desktop Reference , page 276,
  • The process consisted in preparing the metal by metallothermic reduction of titanium tetrachloride with sodium metal in a steel bomb .
  • (label) A great booming noise; a hollow sound.
  • * (Francis Bacon) (1561-1626)
  • A pillar of irona great bomb in the chamber beneath.

    Usage notes

    * The diametrical slang meanings are somewhat distinguishable by the article. For “a success”, the phrase is generally the bomb''. Otherwise ''bomb can mean “a failure”.


    * (attractive woman) bombshell * (car) rustbucket * (large amount of money) fortune, packet, pretty penny

    Derived terms

    * A-bomb * atom bomb * atomic bomb * barrel bomb * bomb squad * car bomb * dirty bomb * E-bomb * F-bomb * gay bomb * H-bomb * hydrogen bomb * neutron bomb * paper bomb * petrol bomb * pipe bomb * sex bomb

    See also

    * lemon


    (en verb)
  • (intransitive) To attack using one or more s; to bombard.
  • * 2000 , Canadian Peace Research Institute, Canadian Peace Research and Education Association, Peace Research , Volumes 32-33, page 65,
  • 15 May: US jets bombed' air-defence sites north of Mosul, as the Russian Foreign Ministry accused the US and Britain of intentionally ' bombing civilian targets. (AP)
  • * 2005 , Howard Zinn, A People's History of the United States: 1492-Present , page 421,
  • Italy had bombed' cities in the Ethiopian war; Italy and Germany had ' bombed civilians in the Spanish Civil War; at the start of World War II German planes dropped bombs on Rotterdam in Holland, Coventry in England, and elsewhere.
  • * 2007 , David Parker, Hertfordshire Children in War and Peace, 1914-1939 , page 59,
  • Essendon was bombed in the early hours of 3 September 1916; a few houses and part of the church were destroyed, and two sisters killed.
  • (slang) To fail dismally.
  • * 1992 June, Lynn Norment, Arsenio Hall: Claiming the Late-night Crown'', in '' , page 74,
  • So Hall quit the job, turned in the company car and went to Chicago, where as a stand-up comic he bombed' several times before he was discovered by Nancy Wilson, who took him on the road — where he ' bombed again before a room of Republicans—and then to Los Angeles.
  • * 2000 , Carmen Infantino, Jon B. Cooke (interviewer), The Carmen Infantino Interview'', in Jon B. Cooke, Neal Adams, ''Comic Book Artist Collection , page 12,
  • Carmen: Then it bombed' and it ' bombed badly. After a few more issues I asked Mike what was happening and he said, “I?m trying everything I can but it?s just not working.” So I took him off the book and he left. That was it.
  • * 2008 , Erik Sternberger, The Long and Winding Road , page 62,
  • She was the reason why he bombed the interview. He just couldn?t seem to get her out of his mind.
  • (informal) To jump into water in a squatting position, with the arms wrapped around the legs.
  • (obsolete) To sound; to boom; to make a humming or buzzing sound.
  • (Ben Jonson)
  • (slang) To cover an area in many graffiti tags.
  • * 2009 , Scape Martinez, GRAFF: The Art & Technique of Graffiti (page 124)
  • It is often used to collect other writer's tags, and future plans for bombing and piecing.
  • (informal, AU) to add an excessive amount of chlorine to a pool when it has not been maintained properly.
  • Derived terms

    * bomber * bomb out


    (en adjective)
  • (slang) Great, awesome.
  • Have you tried the new tacos from that restaurant? They're pretty bomb !

    See also

    * the bomb English contranyms ---- ==Norwegian Bokmål==


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