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.

Origin of plastic explosive

1
First recorded in 1905–10

Words Nearby plastic explosive

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How to use plastic explosive in a sentence

  • He pulled out a block of plastic explosive—enough to level the schoolyard—and dangled a fuse precariously close.

    Inside Libya's Rebel Movement | Babak Dehghanpisheh | March 4, 2011 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • 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
  • 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 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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