So I have a project to do and I have searched EVERYWHERE online. What is the root word for "Explode"? I already know 'ex' means 'out of', but I'm not sure that 'plode' is a real root word--Or even a WORD!I need help ASAP, so even if you have a guess/idea, please answer back!

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    etymonline.com/index.php?term=explode also if your school has access to the Oxford English Dictionary, that's an excellent source for word roots. – Kit Z. Fox Jan 14 '15 at 2:15
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    @KitFox - Interesting. "The audience exploded with applause" is more the literal use of the term, while "The bomb exploded" is figurative. – Hot Licks Jan 14 '15 at 2:29
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    Etymology is easy to find online. Look up "implode" and see what it has in common with "explode." Check out the OED as suggested above. It's online, too. – terpy Jan 14 '15 at 2:44
  • Sorry, Ya'll - I rushed a post without realizing you had it under control. Didn't mean to step on your toes. – user98990 Jan 14 '15 at 3:12
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    @LittleEva - it's perfectly ok to post an answer even if there is one in comments. Comments are temporary by nature. If you want to answer the question, please feel free to do so. Good answers are good answers! – anongoodnurse Jan 14 '15 at 4:06

Since you say you already searched everywhere online, this may be information you already have, but I'll risk giving it anyway. I found it by Googling for "etymology explode" and from there looking at one of the results near the top, namely: https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/explode. But the Google results page itself provides the details too:

"plode" seems to be rooted in the Latin "plaudere", to clap.

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