[ US /ɪksˈpɫoʊsɪv/ ]
[ UK /ɛksplˈə‍ʊsɪv/ ]
  1. a chemical substance that undergoes a rapid chemical change (with the production of gas) on being heated or struck
  1. sudden and loud
    an explosive laugh
  2. liable to lead to sudden change or violence
    an explosive issue
    a volatile situation with troops and rioters eager for a confrontation
  3. serving to explode or characterized by explosion or sudden outburst
    an explosive temper
    an explosive device
    explosive violence
    explosive gas
    explosive force
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How To Use explosive In A Sentence

  • At the head, they may have some explosives which are triggered by a crude fuze consisting of a bullet. Israeli TV airs call to father after children killed « Antiwar.com Blog
  • The waste from a defunct reactor is full of plutonium, a highly toxic metal used as the explosive in atomic bombs.
  • He also outlined plans to use more sniffer dogs to detect explosives. The Sun
  • (If you are willing to postulate a matter-antimatter explosive, aka a positronium bomb, then P can increase by the maximal amount from 0 to e/3.) Dark Matter: Still Existing
  • Targeting pod-equipped aircraft can make pre-raid surveillance videos, check for improvised explosive devices (IEDs), track targets such as gunmen or vehicles, and send information to ground units.
  • He had twice been riding in an armoured vehicle that struck an improvised explosive device, and was injured once in friendly fire. Times, Sunday Times
  • One hundred people were evacuated from a village near York today after a storage tank leaked, releasing an explosive cloud of propane gas.
  • The enemy rained down explosives and incendiary bombs and then dumped barrels of oil onto the flames.
  • In what was said to be a signed confession he admitted carrying the rucksack containing explosives but insisted he never intended to kill anyone.
  • The fulgurator was a sort of auto-propulsive engine, of peculiar construction, charged with an explosive composed of new substances and which only produced its effect under the action of a deflagrator that was also new. Facing the Flag
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