What does Explosive mean?

Definitions for Explosive
ɪkˈsploʊ sɪvex·plo·sive

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. explosiveadjective

    a chemical substance that undergoes a rapid chemical change (with the production of gas) on being heated or struck

  2. explosiveadjective

    serving to explode or characterized by explosion or sudden outburst

    "an explosive device"; "explosive gas"; "explosive force"; "explosive violence"; "an explosive temper"

  3. explosive, volatileadjective

    liable to lead to sudden change or violence

    "an explosive issue"; "a volatile situation with troops and rioters eager for a confrontation"

  4. explosiveadjective

    sudden and loud

    "an explosive laugh"


  1. Explosivenoun

    An explosive agent; a compound or mixture susceptible of a rapid chemical reaction, as gunpowder, TNT, dynamite, or nitro-glycerine.


  1. explosivenoun

    Explosive substance.

  2. explosiveadjective

    With the capability to, or likely to, explode.

  3. explosiveadjective

    Having the character of an explosion.

    explosive fire

  4. explosiveadjective

    Easily driven to anger, usually with reference to a person.

    He has an explosive personality.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Explosiveadjective

    Driving out with noise and violence.

    Etymology: from explode.

    These minerals constitute in the earth a kind of natural gunpowder, which takes fire; and by the assistance of its explosive power, renders the shock greater. John Woodward, N. Hist.


  1. Explosive

    An explosive (or explosive material) is a reactive substance that contains a great amount of potential energy that can produce an explosion if released suddenly, usually accompanied by the production of light, heat, sound, and pressure. An explosive charge is a measured quantity of explosive material, which may either be composed solely of one ingredient or be a mixture containing at least two substances. The potential energy stored in an explosive material may, for example, be chemical energy, such as nitroglycerin or grain dust pressurized gas, such as a gas cylinder, aerosol can, or BLEVE nuclear energy, such as in the fissile isotopes uranium-235 and plutonium-239Explosive materials may be categorized by the speed at which they expand. Materials that detonate (the front of the chemical reaction moves faster through the material than the speed of sound) are said to be "high explosives" and materials that deflagrate are said to be "low explosives". Explosives may also be categorized by their sensitivity. Sensitive materials that can be initiated by a relatively small amount of heat or pressure are primary explosives and materials that are relatively insensitive are secondary or tertiary explosives. A wide variety of chemicals can explode; a smaller number are manufactured specifically for the purpose of being used as explosives. The remainder are too dangerous, sensitive, toxic, expensive, unstable, or prone to decomposition or degradation over short time spans. In contrast, some materials are merely combustible or flammable if they burn without exploding. The distinction, however, is not razor-sharp. Certain materials—dusts, powders, gases, or volatile organic liquids—may be simply combustible or flammable under ordinary conditions, but become explosive in specific situations or forms, such as dispersed airborne clouds, or confinement or sudden release.


  1. explosive

    An explosive is a substance or device that can cause a sudden release of energy, often in the form of a violent burst, due to a rapid chemical or nuclear reaction. This reaction generates heat, light, sound, pressure, and a shock wave, often causing destruction to its surroundings. This term can also be used to describe something potentially harmful or dangerous, or likely to cause sudden, uncontrollable changes or reactions.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Explosiveadjective

    driving or bursting out with violence and noise; causing explosion; as, the explosive force of gunpowder

  2. Explosivenoun

    an explosive agent; a compound or mixture susceptible of a rapid chemical reaction, as gunpowder, or nitro-glycerine

  3. Explosivenoun

    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. [See Guide to Pronunciation, Ã 155-7, 184.]

  4. Etymology: [Cf. F. explosif.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Explosive in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Explosive in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of Explosive in a Sentence

  1. Intelligence Minister Israel Katz:

    We are not in a (military) operation. The activity we are engaged in now sends a message that Israel will not tolerate rockets, explosive devices, mortar bombs or (incendiary) kites, the action we are taking draws a clear red line: that from now on, we will not allow this.

  2. Byung Pak:

    His alleged intent was to attack the White House and other targets of opportunity in the Washington, D.C., area by using explosive devices, including an improvised explosive device, an anti-tank rocket.

  3. Janice Dean:

    The storm will then have explosive strengthening over the Gulf Stream in the Atlantic, bringing hurricane force winds and blizzard conditions for parts of coastal New England tomorrow.

  4. Scarlett Johansson:

    The biggest joy that I have is looking at my daughter, when I'm just hanging out with her and we're doing silly stuff and if I make her laugh, the feeling of joy I have is explosive. If I can make her laugh and she gets a big smile on her face, that's pretty much it. If only you could actually bottle that and carry it around.

  5. Chris Ayres:

    This was not a volatile, explosive, erratic behaving kid, it's not like alarm bells were going off.

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Translations for Explosive

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  • مادة متفجرةArabic
  • взривен, експлозив, избухливBulgarian
  • explosiuCatalan, Valencian
  • výbušný, výbušninaCzech
  • explosiv, Sprengstoff, aufbrausendGerman
  • explosivoSpanish
  • räjähtävä, räjähde, räjähdysmäinen, räjähdysherkkä, räjähdysaine, äkkipikainenFinnish
  • explosifFrench
  • irascibile, collerico, esplosivo, iracondoItalian
  • 爆発物Japanese
  • സ്ഫോടനവസ്തുMalayalam
  • explosief, springstof, plofstofDutch
  • wybuchowyPolish
  • взрывчатое вещество, взрывчатка, взрывной, вспыльчивый, взрывчатыйRussian
  • eksplozivenSlovene
  • patlayıcıTurkish

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    the act of carrying something
    A carry
    B adventure
    C conceal
    D doom

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