What does explosive mean?

Definitions for explosive
ɪkˈsploʊ sɪvex·plo·sive

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. explosive(adj)

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

  2. explosive(adj)

    serving to explode or characterized by explosion or sudden outburst

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

  3. explosive, volatile(adj)

    liable to lead to sudden change or violence

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

  4. explosive(adj)

    sudden and loud

    "an explosive laugh"


  1. Explosive(n.)

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


  1. explosive(Noun)

    Explosive substance.

  2. explosive(Adjective)

    With the capability to, or likely to, explode.

  3. explosive(Adjective)

    Having the character of an explosion.

    explosive fire

  4. explosive(Adjective)

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

    He has an explosive personality.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Explosive(adj)

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

    Etymology: [Cf. F. explosif.]

  2. Explosive(noun)

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

    Etymology: [Cf. F. explosif.]

  3. Explosive(noun)

    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.]

    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. Daniel Perley:

    This was an incredibly luminous event, brighter than almost any supernova we've ever seen before, the Cow also appeared and faded away very quickly : so quickly that existing supernova models can't properly explain The Cow. The Cow must be a new type of extremely energetic, explosive event.

  2. Logan Kipp:

    Before Zoom's explosive growth, there were a few key cybersecurity precautions that were overlooked, from the get-go, there should have been stronger encryption methods in place and perhaps additional consideration about third-party data sharing.

  3. Simphiwe Mhlongo:

    The bomb squad is there now in the mosque and they will give us a report if it is an explosive device or not.

  4. Andrei Przhezdomsky:

    So far, we say it was an unidentified explosive device as investigators and the Federal Security Service's bomb specialists are to establish the exact cause of this explosion.

  5. Mohamad Fuzi:

    The suspect had also planned to crash into non-Muslim houses of worship using a car fitted with a gas tank to be used as an explosive.

Images & Illustrations of explosive

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From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • مادة متفجرةArabic
  • избухлив, експлозив, взривенBulgarian
  • explosiuCatalan, Valencian
  • výbušný, výbušninaCzech
  • aufbrausend, Sprengstoff, explosivGerman
  • explosivoSpanish
  • räjähtävä, äkkipikainen, räjähdysaine, räjähdysherkkä, räjähdysmäinen, räjähdeFinnish
  • explosifFrench
  • esplosivo, iracondo, irascibile, collericoItalian
  • 爆発物Japanese
  • സ്ഫോടനവസ്തുMalayalam
  • explosief, plofstof, springstofDutch
  • wybuchowyPolish
  • взрывной, вспыльчивый, взрывчатое вещество, взрывчатый, взрывчаткаRussian
  • eksplozivenSlovene
  • patlayıcıTurkish

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