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1explosive

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

: able to cause an explosion : used for exploding something

: relating to an explosion or caused by an explosion

: tending to get angry very easily

Full Definition of EXPLOSIVE

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
a :  tending to explode <an explosive person>
b :  likely to erupt in or produce hostile reaction or violence <an explosive ghetto situation>
ex·plo·sive·ly adverb
ex·plo·sive·ness noun
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Examples of EXPLOSIVE

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

First Known Use of EXPLOSIVE

1667

Rhymes with EXPLOSIVE

2explosive

noun

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

Full Definition of EXPLOSIVE

1
:  an explosive substance
2
:  a consonant characterized by explosion in its articulation when it occurs in certain environments :  stop

First Known Use of EXPLOSIVE

1849
EXPLOSIVENESS Defined for Kids

1explosive

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

Definition of EXPLOSIVE for Kids

1
:  able to cause explosion <the explosive power of gunpowder>
2
:  tending to show anger easily :  likely to explode <an explosive temper>
ex·plo·sive·ly adverb

2explosive

noun

Definition of EXPLOSIVE for Kids

:  a substance that is used to cause an explosion

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