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. Sari Koshetz:

    The safety of our officers and passengers can be placed at risk, anything that is corrosive, explosive or flammable and anything that can vaporize into a toxic substance is not permitted on an airplane.

  2. Simon Bramwell:

    Extinction Rebellion's been an absolutely explosive debut and left a lot of people wondering how that happened, i think there's been a lot of serendipity involved.

  3. Lisa Marie Wiley:

    I stepped on a bomb on Thanksgiving 2011, the ground was peppered with IEDs( improvised explosive devices) and we went down on an incline and I stepped right on it.

  4. 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.

  5. May Sarton:

    Though friendship is not quick to burn, It is explosive stuff.

Images & Illustrations of explosive

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Translations for explosive

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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