[ bri-zahns; French bree-zahns ]
/ brɪˈzɑns; French briˈzɑ̃s /


the shattering effect of a high explosive.

Origin of brisance

1910–15; < French, equivalent to bris(er) to break (< Celtic; akin to Irish brisim (I) break) + -ance -ance

Related forms

bri·sant [bri-zahnt; French bree-zahn] /brɪˈzɑnt; French briˈzɑ̃/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for 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


/ (ˈbriːzəns, French brizɑ̃s) /


the shattering effect or power of an explosion or explosive

Derived Forms

brisant, 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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