brisance

noun bri·sance \brə̇ˈzän(t)s, brēˈzäⁿs\

Definition of brisance

plural

-s

  1. :  the shattering or crushing effect of an explosive measurable by the crushing of sand or the compression of a metal cylinder and dependent upon the rate of detonation and other factors

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Origin and Etymology of brisance

French, from brisant, present participle of briser to break, from Old French brisier, of Celtic origin; akin to Old Irish brissim I break — more at friction


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