non·​ex·​plo·​sive ˌnän-ik-ˈsplō-siv How to pronounce nonexplosive (audio)
: not explosive
nonexplosive gases

Examples of nonexplosive in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The 25-pound missile was nonexplosive. Los Angeles Times, 19 July 2022 Reykjanes Peninsula was forecast well in advance, fully expected to be nonexplosive and nonthreatening, and seemed likely to be confined to uninhabited valleys. Robin George Andrews, The Atlantic, 18 Oct. 2021 The highest level of tejo in Colombia is the National Federation of Tejo, and there's a now a separate federation responsible for bringing tejo -- albeit a miniature, nonexplosive version -- into schools, as well as a move to involve seniors. Lucy Sherriff, CNN, 8 Sep. 2021 So imagine the excitement on April 7, when more than 200 physicists from seven countries convened on a Zoom call for a kind of nonexplosive gender-reveal party. Virginia Heffernan, Wired, 18 May 2021 All very innocent — moving lawn furniture a block down the street, soaping windows, leaving stink bombs on porches (homemade, nonchemical, nonexplosive types) and moving outhouses. John Kelly, Washington Post, 30 Oct. 2019 Most of its activity has been nonexplosive, but a 1924 eruption spewed ash and 10-ton (9-metric ton) rocks into the sky, leaving one man dead. Amy Lieu, Lucia I. Suarez Sang, Fox News, 2 Oct. 2018 Moody Air Force Base in central Georgia said in a news release that there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage after the 25-pound, nonexplosive training munitions were dropped Monday afternoon by an A-10C Thunderbolt II jet. USA TODAY, 3 July 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1817, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nonexplosive was in 1817

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“Nonexplosive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

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