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plastic explosive

noun
1.
a puttylike substance that contains an explosive charge, and is detonated by fuse or by remote control: used especially by terrorists and in guerrilla warfare.
Also called plastique.
Origin of plastic explosive
1905-1910
First recorded in 1905-10
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  • Alec took it and carefully clamped the end of the plastic explosive belt against the pile housing.

    The Thirst Quenchers Rick Raphael
  • He used the solenoid-hammer, slowly pounding a hole in the glaze, and placed a small charge of the plastic explosive.

    The Return H. Beam Piper and John J. McGuire
  • He used the solenoid-hammer, slowly pounding a hole into the glaze, and placed a small charge of the plastic explosive.

    The Return H. Beam Piper and John J. McGuire
British Dictionary definitions for plastic explosive

plastic explosive

noun
1.
an adhesive jelly-like explosive substance
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Contemporary definitions for plastic explosive
noun

a puttylike explosive material that is easily molded around the object it is intended to destroy

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