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

First recorded in 1875–80

OTHER WORDS FROM high explosive

high-ex·plo·sive, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for high explosive

high explosive

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