Meltdown vs Explode - What's the difference?

meltdown | explode |


As a noun meltdown

is severe overheating of the core of a nuclear reactor resulting in the core melting and radiation escaping.

As a verb explode is

to destroy with an explosion.

meltdown

Noun

(en noun)
  • Severe overheating of the core of a nuclear reactor resulting in the core melting and radiation escaping.
  • Four years have passed since the meltdown at the Chernobyl nuclear plant, but the grim legacy of the Soviet catastrophe is still unfolding. [http://www.time.com/time/daily/chernobyl/chernobyl.index.html]
  • A situation being likened to a nuclear meltdown; a crisis.
  • * 2001 , James Wickham, Perv Spoof Bosses Axe Wrestling'' (in ''The Daily Star )
  • Channel 4 switchboards went into meltdown this week when viewers called to complain about a Brass Eye programme on child sex.
    Computer engineers were at a loss last night to explain why the Government had been hit by arguably the worst electronic meltdown in the history of Whitehall. [http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/politics/story.jsp?story=587262]
  • (figuratively) A tantrum.
  • Derived terms

    * nuclear meltdown * market meltdown * techno-meltdown

    See also

    * China syndrome

    explode

    English

    (explosion)

    Alternative forms

    * asplode, esplode (all non-standard)

    Verb

    (explod)
  • 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

    Synonyms

    * unstring