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[bri-zahns; French bree-zahns]
  1. the shattering effect of a high explosive.
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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
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Examples from the Web for brisance

Historical Examples

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

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    Edward Elmer Smith

British Dictionary definitions for brisance


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

Word Origin

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