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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Explosive \Ex*plo"sive\, adjective [Cf. F. explosif.] Driving or bursting out with violence and noise; causing explosion; as, the explosive force of gunpowder.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Explosive \Ex*plo"sive\, noun

1. An explosive agent; a compound or mixture susceptible of a rapid chemical reaction, as {gunpowder}, {TNT}, {dynamite}, or {nitro-glycerine}. [1913 Webster +PJC]

2. 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.

Note: [See Guide to Pronunciation, [root] 155-7, 184.]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

explosive

adjective

1: serving to explode or characterized by explosion or sudden outburst; "an explosive device"; "explosive gas"; "explosive force"; "explosive violence"; "an explosive temper" [ant: {nonexplosive}]

2: liable to lead to sudden change or violence; "an explosive issue"; "a volatile situation with troops and rioters eager for a confrontation" [syn: {explosive}, {volatile}]

3: sudden and loud; "an explosive laugh"

noun

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


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