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explosive

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

Definition of explosive

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

  2. 2a :  tending to explode an explosive personb :  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

1696

First Known Use of explosive

1696


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explosive

noun ex·plo·sive

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

1773

First Known Use of explosive

1773



EXPLOSIVE Defined for English Language Learners

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explosive

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

Definition of explosive for English Language Learners

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

  • : relating to an explosion or caused by an explosion

  • : tending to get angry very easily


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explosive

noun ex·plo·sive

Definition of explosive for English Language Learners

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


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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