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Definition of "explosive" []

  • Relating to or having the nature of an explosion. (adjective)
  • Tending to explode. (adjective)
  • A substance, especially a prepared chemical, that explodes or causes explosion. (noun)
  • Linguistics A plosive. (noun)
  • Of, involving, or characterized by an explosion or explosions (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Capable of exploding or tending to explode (adjective)
  • Potentially violent or hazardous; dangerous (adjective)
  • A substance that decomposes rapidly under certain conditions with the production of gases, which expand by the heat of the reaction. The energy released is used in firearms, blasting, and rocket propulsion (noun)
  • A plosive consonant; stop (noun)

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Use "explosive" in a sentence
  • "Surgical History of the Rebellion, "and as yet have failed to find any case of wound or death reported as having occurred by an explosive or poisoned musket ball, excepting that on page 91 of volume II of said work there is a table of four thousand and two (4,002) cases of gunshot wounds of the scalp, _two_ (2) of which occurred by _explosive musket balls_."
  • "In explaining the move, Dimitroff repeatedly used the term "explosive" to describe his vision for a unit that ranked seventh overall with 379 points last season."
  • "• When AGNA could not acquire a sample of a certain explosive to test canines, DS changed the contract standards so that the canines would not be have to be tested to detect this particular explosive, which is available in Afghanistan."