from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Relating to or having the nature of an explosion.
- adj. Tending to explode.
- n. A substance, especially a prepared chemical, that explodes or causes explosion.
- n. Linguistics A plosive.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Explosive substance.
- adj. With the capability to, or likely to, explode.
- adj. Having the character of an explosion.
- adj. Easily driven to anger, usually with reference to a person.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Driving or bursting out with violence and noise; causing explosion.
- n. An explosive agent; a compound or mixture susceptible of a rapid chemical reaction, as gunpowder, TNT, dynamite, or nitro-glycerine.
- n. 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, √ 155-7, 184.]
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to or of the nature of explosion; tending or liable to explode, or to cause explosion: as, the explosive force of gunpowder; explosive mixture; explosive paroxysms of nerve-force.
- In philology, involving in utterance the breach of a complete closure of the organs; not continuous; mute; forming a complete vocal stop: as, an explosive consonant. See II., 2.
- n. Any substance by whose decomposition or combustion gas is generated with such rapidity that it can be used for blasting or in firearms.
- n. In philology, a non-continuous or mute consonant, as k, t, p. Also explodent.
- n. The principal classes of explosive substances are: gunpowder
- n. nitroglycerin and its compounds, the most important being dynamite
- n. gun-cotton and similar nitro-substitution compounds
- n. picric acid and the picrates
- n. fulminates
- n. Sprengel safety-mixtures
- n. nitrate mixtures other than gunpowder, and chlorate mixtures. There are many varieties of each class.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. liable to lead to sudden change or violence
- adj. sudden and loud
- n. a chemical substance that undergoes a rapid chemical change (with the production of gas) on being heated or struck
- adj. serving to explode or characterized by explosion or sudden outburst
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