• Relating to or having the nature of an explosion.
  • Tending to explode.
  • A substance, especially a prepared chemical, that explodes or causes explosion.
  • A plosive.
  • The principal classes of explosive substances are: gunpowder
  • nitroglycerin and its compounds, the most important being dynamite
  • gun-cotton and similar nitro-substitution compounds
  • picric acid and the picrates
  • fulminates
  • Sprengel safety-mixtures
  • nitrate mixtures other than gunpowder, and chlorate mixtures. There are many varieties of each class.
  • Pertaining to or of the nature of explosion; tending or liable to explode, or to cause explosion: as, the <em>explosive</em> force of gunpowder; <em>explosive</em> mixture; <em>explosive</em> paroxysms of nerve-force.
  • In <em>philology</em>, involving in utterance the breach of a complete closure of the organs; not continuous; mute; forming a complete vocal stop: as, an <em>explosive</em> consonant. See II., 2.
  • Any substance by whose decomposition or combustion gas is generated with such rapidity that it can be used for blasting or in firearms.
  • In <em>philology</em>, a non-continuous or mute consonant, as <em>k, t, p.</em> Also <internalXref urlencoded="explodent">explodent</internalXref>.
  • Driving or bursting out with violence and noise; causing explosion.
  • An explosive agent; a compound or mixture susceptible of a rapid chemical reaction, as <stype>gunpowder</stype>, <stype>TNT</stype>, <stype>dynamite</stype>, or <stype>nitro-glycerine</stype>.
  • A sound produced by an explosive impulse of the breath; (Phonetics) one of consonants <ex>p</ex>, <ex>b</ex>, <ex>t</ex>, <ex>d</ex>, <ex>k</ex>, <ex>g</ex>, which are sounded with a sort of explosive power of voice. [See <ex>Guide to Pronunciation</ex>, √ 155-7, 184.]
  • Explosive substance.
  • With the capability to, or likely to, <xref>explode</xref>.
  • Having the character of an explosion.
  • Easily driven to <xref>anger</xref>, usually with reference to a <xref>person</xref>.
  • liable to lead to sudden change or violence
  • sudden and loud
  • a chemical substance that undergoes a rapid chemical change (with the production of gas) on being heated or struck
  • serving to explode or characterized by explosion or sudden outburst
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