WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020 ex•plo•sive /ɪkˈsploʊsɪv/USA pronunciation
adj. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
n. [countable; uncountable]
- tending or serving to explode:an explosive gas; an explosive temper.
- relating to or of the nature of an explosion:explosive violence.
- likely to lead to violence, anger, or hostility:That subject is an explosive issue for many.
ex•plo•sive•ness, n. [uncountable]
- an explosive agent or substance.
(ik splō′siv),USA pronunciation adj.
- tending or serving to explode:an explosive temper; Nitroglycerin is an explosive substance.
- pertaining to or of the nature of an explosion:explosive violence.
- likely to lead to violence or hostility:an explosive issue.
- an explosive agent or substance, as dynamite.
- explos(ion) + -ive 1660–70
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explosive /ɪkˈspləʊsɪv/ adj
- of, involving, or characterized by an explosion or explosions
- capable of exploding or tending to explode
- potentially violent or hazardous; dangerous: an explosive situation
- a substance that decomposes rapidly under certain conditions with the production of gases, which expand by the heat of the reaction. The energy released is used in firearms, blasting, and rocket propulsion
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