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 Iskander-M has a range of 310 miles and can carry a high explosive or nuclear payload. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 24 Jan. 2022 The Air Force could quickly pass along target data to an Army artillery battery within range of the launcher, whose high explosive shells would get through any defense. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 15 Sep. 2021 Air and ship-launched missiles both do damage through the onboard high explosive warhead. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 16 Sep. 2021 Submarine torpedoes, however, use their high explosive warheads to create an even more powerful underwater shockwave. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 16 Sep. 2021 The missile’s 500-pound high explosive charge then detonates, blowing the target apart from the inside. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 11 Feb. 2021 The high explosive round detonated shortly after leaving the gun barrel. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 25 Mar. 2021 These rockets are usually unguided and armed with a high explosive warhead of 10 pounds or less. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 13 May 2021 The gun is capable of firing high explosive shells and anti-tank shells, and its 42-degree elevation gives it the ability to fire like a mortar or howitzer at non-line of sight targets. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 10 May 2021 See More

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First Known Use of high explosive

1877, in the meaning defined above

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“High explosive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/high%20explosive. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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