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Definition of explosive:

  1. A sound produced by an explosive impulse of the breath; ( Phonetics) one of consonants p, b, t, d, k, g, which are sounded with a sort of explosive power of voice. [ See Guide to Pronunciation, Ã 155- 7, 184.]
  2. An explosive agent; a compound or mixture susceptible of a rapid chemical reaction, as gunpowder, or nitro- glycerine.
  3. Driving or bursting out with violence and noise; causing explosion; as, the explosive force of gunpowder.


detonative, dangerous, raging, loaded, touch-and-go, detonating, harmless, charged, perilous, fickle, tense, sudden, critical, exploding, dangerous, gentle, inflammable, mild, volatile, bursting, unstable, uneventful, flammable, atomic, inflammable.

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