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explosive

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adjective ex·plo·sive \ik-ˈsplō-siv, -ziv\

Simple Definition of explosive

  • : able to cause an explosion : used for exploding something

  • : relating to an explosion or caused by an explosion

  • : tending to get angry very easily

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of explosive

  1. 1 a :  relating to, characterized by, or operated by explosion <an explosive hatch> b :  resulting from or as if from an explosion <explosive population growth>

  2. 2 a :  tending to explode <an explosive person> b :  likely to erupt in or produce hostile reaction or violence <an explosive ghetto situation>

explosively adverb
explosiveness noun

Examples of explosive in a sentence

  1. He has an explosive temper.

  2. <there's been an explosive interest in the sport since the Olympics>



1667

First Known Use of explosive

1667

Rhymes with explosive


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explosive

noun ex·plo·sive

Simple Definition of explosive

  • : a substance (such as dynamite) that is used to cause an explosion : an explosive substance

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of explosive

  1. 1 :  an explosive substance

  2. 2 :  a consonant characterized by explosion in its articulation when it occurs in certain environments :  stop

1849

First Known Use of explosive

1849



EXPLOSIVE Defined for Kids

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explosive

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adjective ex·plo·sive \ik-ˈsplō-siv, -ziv\

Definition of explosive for Students

  1. 1 :  able to cause explosion <the explosive power of gunpowder>

  2. 2 :  tending to show anger easily :  likely to explode <an explosive temper>

explosively adverb



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explosive

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noun ex·plo·sive

Definition of explosive for Students

  1. :  a substance that is used to cause an explosion





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