high explosive

noun

Definition of high explosive

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

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The tank's 120mm main gun fires high explosive rounds or, even better, kinetic rounds that can punch holes in almost anything. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "How the Pentagon Could Destroy All Monsters," 22 Mar. 2018 Run some det cord and high explosives to the wing joints, and make fast work of taking apart one of the Army's workhorses. Jake Swearingen, Popular Mechanics, "Watch Army Combat Engineers Blow the Wings Off a C-130," 18 Aug. 2015 Kinzhal reportedly has a range of 1,200 miles, can attack ground or naval targets, and packs a nuclear or conventional high explosive warhead. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Russia’s Aging Bomber Could Sling Mach 10 Missiles," 5 July 2018 On the 39-square-mile campus are high explosives and plutonium, global security operations with nonproliferation and counter-proliferation divisions, and ongoing technology and engineering research. Los Alamos employs more than 11,400 people. Lindsay Ellis, Houston Chronicle, "Texas A&M-affiliated team gets Los Alamos contract," 8 June 2018 On most days, mortar crews at the outpost lob dozens of rounds of high explosives and white-phosphorous smoke into the mountains, either to kill Islamic State fighters or just to discourage them from settling in. Michael M. Phillips, WSJ, "Green Berets Brace for Islamic State Offensive in Afghanistan," 15 May 2018 Most bombings use what is called a low explosive, something like black powder, instead of a high explosive like dynamite. Ali Watkins, New York Times, "Anatomy of a Bomb Investigation: Inside an A.T.F. Lab," 1 Apr. 2018 This 2,000-pound Mk84 bomb comes loaded with a mix of high explosive and white phosphorus. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, "These Are Syria's Chemical Weapons. Here's How To Destroy Them," 13 Apr. 2018 Javelin will cause Russian forces to plaster likely missile positions with high explosive, cluster munition, and thermobaric artillery fire prior to any tank attack. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Is Sending Deadly Javelin Missiles to Ukraine," 2 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of high explosive

1877, in the meaning defined above

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