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

Chargers RB Austin Ekeler: The Bolts offense might just be more explosive with him getting the bulk of the touches instead of holdout Melvin Gordon. 22. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "2019 NFL season: 100 names to know as Week 1 kicks off," 8 Sep. 2019 Fashion and curls collided Thursday as the inaugural ESSENCE Fashion House NYC closed out with Texture On The Runway, and every single look was explosive. Jennifer Ford, Essence, "All The Gorgeous Hair Looks From ESSENCE X Naturally Curly's 'Texture On The Runway'," 6 Sep. 2019 Kirk is explosive and some signs in the offseason point to him breaking out in his second year. Allen Kim, CNN, "It's Week 1 of the NFL season. Here's what to watch for in fantasy football," 5 Sep. 2019 The result was an offense with the capability to be more explosive. Julian Benbow, BostonGlobe.com, "BC is about to kick off its season — here’s what to look for," 30 Aug. 2019 Two suspicious packages reported in a downtown New York City Subway station during Friday's morning rush were determined to not be explosive, police said. NBC News, "Suspicious packages found in N.Y.C. subway station during morning rush deemed not explosive," 16 Aug. 2019 In Britain any discussion of transgender issues is explosive. The Economist, "The global gag on free speech is tightening," 15 Aug. 2019 Growth in that area has been explosive: Henkes says last year $10 billion in revenue was generated by third-party delivery companies. Author: Laura Reiley, Anchorage Daily News, "We’ve just lived through the greatest period of restaurant growth in U.S. history. Here’s why it’s ending.," 22 July 2019 The leak was explosive because it was packed with profane, derogatory, and offensive remarks toward all kinds of people in Puerto Rican life. Zeeshan Aleem, Vox, "Puerto Rico’s week of massive protests, explained," 20 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

An army vehicle near the fence was lightly damaged, but the IDF did not specify if the explosive detonated. Fox News, "Rocket fired at southern Israel from Gaza following Israeli aircraft strike for drone 'attack'," 9 Sep. 2019 The fire was extinguished and video footage of the youths deploying the explosives obtained. oregonlive.com, "5-foot albino snake named Jennifer on the loose: Forest Grove police log," 22 July 2019 According to a statement released by Pompeii officials, the explosives do not pose an active threat to tourists or workers conducting excavations. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Pompeii Is Home to Multiple Undetonated World War II Bombs," 11 July 2019 Wreckage from the attacks showed that the drones were a different model, and the explosives were a different kind, than those examined in previous Houthi drone attacks in Saudi Arabia, according to one person familiar with the investigation. Dion Nissenbaum, WSJ, "U.S.: Saudi Pipeline Attacks Originated From Iraq," 28 June 2019 This petite wolf subspecies, weighing around 45 pounds, is not heavy enough to detonate the Golan’s explosives, and has made the war zone their home. Josh Adler, National Geographic, "Making peace in the Golan Heights—between humans and wolves," 11 Apr. 2019 The explosives were stored inside a locked trailer on the prior Friday, April 13. Erin Arvedlund, Philly.com, "350 pounds of stolen dynamite, 400 blasting caps recovered in Lancaster County," 21 Apr. 2018 The Orange County Bomb Squad along with the FBI were called in to investigate the explosives, the school asserts. Amanda Montell, Woman's Day, "Bomb Found in University of Central Florida Dorm Room," 18 Mar. 2013 There was nothing said of the 2.7 million tons of U.S. explosives that were dropped on Laotian soil between 1965 and 1973, much of which remains in the ground and still kills or injures about 300 people every year. Los Angeles Times, "Column: Laotian Americans’ stories are obscured by history. That’s why we need ethnic studies," 26 Aug. 2019

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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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