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noun
  1. a class of explosive, as TNT, in which the reaction is so rapid as to be practically instantaneous, used in shells and bombs.

Origin of high explosive

First recorded in 1875–80
Related formshigh-ex·plo·sive, adjective
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Examples from the Web for high explosive

Historical Examples

  • They are fools who hold that a ton of high-explosive is worth all the rhetoric of Cicero.

    The Orchard of Tears

    Sax Rohmer

  • At the end of that trailing cable was a powerful charge of high-explosive.

    A Sub and a Submarine

    Percy F. Westerman

  • The missile fired was a 75 millimetre or 3-inch high-explosive shell.

  • This time Kirkwood released three of the high-explosive missiles.

    Billy Barcroft, R.N.A.S.

    Percy F. Westerman

  • The others were to close in toward each other, pushing a high-explosive barrage five miles ahead of them.

    Armageddon--2419 A.D.

    Philip Francis Nowlan


British Dictionary definitions for high explosive

high explosive

noun
  1. an extremely powerful chemical explosive, such as TNT or gelignite
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