[bri-zahns; French bree-zahns]

Origin of brisance

1910–15; < French, equivalent to bris(er) to break (< Celtic; akin to Irish brisim (I) break) + -ance -ance
Related formsbri·sant [bri-zahnt; French bree-zahn] /brɪˈzɑnt; French briˈzɑ̃/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for brisance

Historical Examples of brisance

  • It isn't exactly strength or hardness or toughness or resilience or brisance—maybe a combination of all five.

    The Galaxy Primes

    Edward Elmer Smith

British Dictionary definitions for brisance


  1. the shattering effect or power of an explosion or explosive
Derived Formsbrisant, adjective

Word Origin for brisance

C20: from French, from briser to break, ultimately of Celtic origin; compare Old Irish brissim I break
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