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explosive


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Explosive  \Ex*plo"sive\,  a.  [Cf.  F.  explosif.] 
  Driving  or  bursting  out  with  violence  and  noise;  causing 
  explosion;  as  the  explosive  force  of  gunpowder. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Explosive  \Ex*plo"sive\,  n. 
  1.  An  explosive  agent;  a  compound  or  mixture  susceptible  of  a 
  rapid  chemical  reaction,  as  gunpowder,  or  nitro-glycerine. 
 
  2.  A  sound  produced  by  an  explosive  impulse  of  the  breath; 
  (Phonetics)  one  of  consonants  p,  b,  t,  d,  k,  g,  which  are 
  sounded  with  a  sort  of  explosive  power  of  voice. 
 
  Note:  [See  Guide  to  Pronunciation,  [root]  155-7,  184.] 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  explosive 
  adj  1:  tending  or  serving  to  explode  or  characterized  by  explosion 
  or  sudden  outburst;  "an  explosive  device";  "explosive 
  gas";  "explosive  force";  "explosive  violence";  "an 
  explosive  temper"  [ant:  {nonexplosive}] 
  2:  liable  to  lead  to  sudden  change  or  violence;  "an  explosive 
  issue";  "a  volatile  situation  with  troops  and  rioters 
  eager  for  a  confrontation"  [syn:  {volatile}] 
  3:  sudden  and  loud;  "an  explosive  laugh" 
  n  :  a  substance  that  undergoes  a  rapid  chemical  change  (with  the 
  production  of  gas)  on  being  heated  or  struck 




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