- an explosive agent or substance, as dynamite.
- Phonetics. plosive.
Origin of explosive
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- of, involving, or characterized by an explosion or explosions
- capable of exploding or tending to explode
- potentially violent or hazardous; dangerousan explosive situation
- phonetics another word for plosive
- a substance that decomposes rapidly under certain conditions with the production of gases, which expand by the heat of the reaction. The energy released is used in firearms, blasting, and rocket propulsion
- a plosive consonant; stop
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Word Origin and History for explosive
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