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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Explosiveadjective

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

    Etymology: [Cf. F. explosif.]

  2. Explosivenoun

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

    Etymology: [Cf. F. explosif.]

  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.]

    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. Valentin Galardi:

    We are at the precursor of an explosive development in the industry. In the short term it would be risky to predict growth, but the numbers may be surprising given measures that could unblock current regulations, we have as a short-term goal that the design for an appropriate law gets finished, so mutual funds have the space they need to grow in Argentina, including the appearance of new assets to invest in.

  2. Heiko Maas:

    The situation in the region here is highly explosive and extremely serious, a dangerous escalation of existing tensions can also lead to a military escalation.

  3. John Marshall:

    During my second tour, we were providing security for the EOD [Explosive Ordnance Disposal] guys, we didn’t know what we were blowing up, so it’s possible that there we were exposed to something toxic. We stood over open burn pits.

  4. Chris Ayres:

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

  5. 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.

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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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