high explosive


Definition of high explosive

: an explosive (such as TNT) that generates gas with extreme rapidity and has a shattering effect

Examples of high explosive in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Typical land mines consist of a metal body, high explosive charge, and a pressure switch. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Army Is Trying to Design a Civilian-Safe Land Mine," 14 Nov. 2018 As the balloons dropped their last sandbags and neared the ground, other small flash bombs would trigger to drop the incendiary bombs and high explosive. Keith Matheny, Freep.com, "How the Japanese bombed Michigan during World War II," 14 Nov. 2019 Built into the side of a hill, System 350 had a barrel diameter of 350 millimeters and could lob a 300 pound projectile with 33 pounds of high explosives up to 265 miles. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Army’s 1,000-Mile Long Range Cannon Is Coming Together," 16 Oct. 2019 In January 2018, Moscow claimed that Syrian rebels sent 13 drones against the Russian airbases in the country -- each packed with about 10 bomblets that contained about half a kilogram of high explosives. Tim Lister, CNN, "The billions Saudi Arabia spends on air defenses may be wasted in the age of drone warfare," 19 Sep. 2019 If those barriers were overcome, U.S forces could disable the weapons by destroying electrical components or detonating their chemical high explosive without causing a nuclear release. Miles A. Pomper, The Conversation, "Where in Turkey are the nuclear bombs stored?," 23 Oct. 2019 Unlike other drones, the LJ-1 can be sent on a one way trip with a high explosive payload, turning it into a cruise missile. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "China's Loyal Wingman Drone Flies Alongside Manned Fighters," 31 Aug. 2019 Meanwhile defense contractor Raytheon has a 3-D printer that can manufacture 80 percent of a missile, and Los Alamos National Laboratory is using these machines to produce high explosives. Matthew Gault, Scientific American, "3-D Printers Could Help Spread Weapons of Mass Destruction," 10 Sep. 2019 The other eight launch tubes are packed with SULA89 drones, which carry 2 kilograms (4.4 pounds) of high explosive and fly at speeds of up to 180 kilometers (111 miles) an hour. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "This New Armored Vehicle Can Launch a Swarm of Killer Drones," 16 May 2019

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First Known Use of high explosive

1877, in the meaning defined above

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11 Dec 2019

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“High explosive.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/high%20explosive. Accessed 16 December 2019.

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