explosive

adjective
ex·​plo·​sive | \ ik-ˈsplō-siv How to pronounce explosive (audio) , -ziv\

Definition of explosive

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : relating to, characterized by, or operated by explosion an explosive hatch
b : resulting from or as if from an explosion explosive population growth
2a : tending to explode an explosive person
b : likely to erupt in or produce hostile reaction or violence an explosive ghetto situation

explosive

noun

Definition of explosive (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Other Words from explosive

Adjective

explosively adverb
explosiveness noun

Examples of explosive in a Sentence

Adjective

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

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The next decade is set to bring explosive commercial growth and more private industry players to low-earth orbit, the area spanning 100 to 1,240 miles above the planet’s... Ariel Ekblaw, WSJ, "Space Is Poised for Explosive Growth. Let’s Get It Right.," 8 Apr. 2019 The boost was likely a result of the explosive sales growth of skin care, the patron saint of the self-care movement. Brennan Kilbane, Allure, "A Comprehensive Guide to the SkincareAddiction Subreddit," 5 Apr. 2019 As the Times reported: Pushing for explosive growth, Facebook got more users, lifting its advertising revenue. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Report: Facebook let major tech firms access private messages, friends lists," 18 Dec. 2018 On Sunday, the Carr Fire near Redding slowed for the first time after days of explosive growth. Travis Fedschun, Fox News, "14-foot python that escaped California's Carr Fire caught after slithering into city streets," 31 July 2018 The number of companies constantly monitoring employees isn’t known, but the screening industry itself has seen explosive growth in recent years. Michael Sasso And Jeff Green, latimes.com, "Get ready for rolling background checks at work," 11 July 2018 The number of companies constantly monitoring employees isn’t known, but the screening industry itself has seen explosive growth in recent years. Bloomberg, Fortune, "Rolling Background Checks at Work Are Becoming a Thing," 11 July 2018 That explosive growth is part of Aurora’s evolution from a mid-size, industrial river town to Illinois’ second-largest city today with more than 200,000 residents. Sarah Freishtat, Aurora Beacon-News, "Aurora in 2018: With population no longer booming, city looks to downtown for future growth," 6 July 2018 Scientists have previously raised fears about a scenario in which ice loss from Antarctica takes on a rate of explosive growth. Chris Mooney, courant.com, "Antarctic ice loss has tripled in a decade. If that continues we are in serious trouble.," 13 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Hundreds of bombs and explosives have been found there over decades since World War II. Paul Brinkmann, OrlandoSentinel.com, "DOJ to settle in Orlando bombing range cleanup; 4,000 homes planned at 417 & 528," 25 May 2018 All three were convicted or pleaded guilty to explosives and immigration violations and went to prison, getting out in the 1990s. Wilson Ring, The Seattle Times, "Former police chief recalls foiling terrorism case at border," 4 Feb. 2019 Many public buildings in Nairobi, including the Riverside complex, have metal detectors and security guards sweeping cars for weapons and explosives. Gabriele Steinhauser, WSJ, "Questions Mount as Kenyan Hotel Siege Ends," 16 Jan. 2019 The appeals-court ruled that TSA officers search for weapons and explosives in an administrative way, rather than like a criminal investigation that would lead to arrests. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, "Court: TSA officers immune from most checkpoint lawsuits," 11 July 2018 Those restrictions prohibit wood and charcoal fires, smoking outside of an enclosed vehicle or building, and using explosives and fireworks. Weldon B. Johnson, azcentral, "Fourth of July in Arizona: Where you can go and where you can't," 27 June 2018 The aircraft will be swept for explosives and passengers will be subject to additional security screenings. CBS News, "United Airlines flight diverted after bomb threat found on board," 11 June 2018 Authorities found explosive powder and tutorials on how to make explosives and poison from materials such as ricin, the official said. Bloomberg.com, "French Government Says Attack Foiled, Egyptian Man Arrested," 18 May 2018 The offices, under the jurisdiction of the Federal Protective Service, screens all visitors for weapons and explosives. Laura Mcknight, NOLA.com, "Man's phone lit up with child pornography during security check: U.S. Attorney's office," 11 May 2018

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First Known Use of explosive

Adjective

1696, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1773, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of explosive was in 1696

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explosive

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of explosive

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: able to cause an explosion : used for exploding something
: relating to an explosion or caused by an explosion
: tending to get angry very easily

explosive

noun

English Language Learners Definition of explosive (Entry 2 of 2)

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

explosive

adjective
ex·​plo·​sive | \ ik-ˈsplō-siv How to pronounce explosive (audio) , -ziv\

Kids Definition of explosive

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : able to cause explosion the explosive power of gunpowder
2 : tending to show anger easily : likely to explode an explosive temper

Other Words from explosive

explosively adverb

explosive

noun

Kids Definition of explosive (Entry 2 of 2)

: a substance that is used to cause an explosion

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