explosive

1 of 2

adjective

ex·​plo·​sive ik-ˈsplō-siv How to pronounce explosive (audio)
-ziv
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 situation
explosively adverb
explosiveness noun

explosive

2 of 2

noun

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

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 Secret Service is under scrutiny for how Crooks, who brandished an AR-15-style gun and also had explosive devices in his car, could go undetected on a rooftop at a political rally. Jeffrey Fleishman, Los Angeles Times, 15 July 2024 The Mykonos Police received an email at 11 p.m. local time on Saturday, July 13, that claimed explosive devices were placed at four popular tourist destinations on the Greek island, according to local news outlets Protothema and KNews. Natalia Senanayake, Peoplemag, 15 July 2024
Noun
Her statement comes four years after the FBI became aware of a scheme to overthrow the Michigan state government, which involved plans to kidnap the governor at her vacation home and detonate explosives to disrupt the police response. Virginia Chamlee, Peoplemag, 15 July 2024 Officials are awaiting confirmation on whether the items contained explosives. Bill Hutchinson, ABC News, 14 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for explosive 

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Word History

First Known Use

Adjective

1696, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1773, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of explosive was in 1696

Dictionary Entries Near explosive

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“Explosive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/explosive. Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

explosive

1 of 2 adjective
ex·​plo·​sive ik-ˈsplō-siv How to pronounce explosive (audio)
-ziv
1
: able to cause explosion
the explosive power of gunpowder
2
: likely to explode
an explosive temper
explosively adverb
explosiveness noun

explosive

2 of 2 noun
: an explosive substance

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