American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An explosive, such as TNT, that combusts nearly instantaneously, thereby producing a violent, shattering effect.
- n. Any powerful chemical explosive that, upon detonation, produces gas at a very high rate, thereby producing a very violent effect.
- n. a powerful chemical explosive that produces gas at a very high rate
“He gained speed again, leading a convoy of two jeeps, two CID sedans, a carry-all truck of spare parts and a covered truck bearing Jaworski and the sphere of steel and high explosive that was the implosive shell of the bomb.”
“It was later determined that Reid’s shoe bomb was made with a high explosive that likely would have ripped a hole in the outside skin of the plane, bringing it down in the middle of the Atlantic and making any investigation into the resulting crash close to impossible.”
“All he wanted to do was deliver the high explosive and keep on going to Albuquerque and the Casa Mañana.”
“Why the hell was he taking the chance of stealing high explosive to give the stuff to Cleto for nothing when he could make a killing out of the contractors in Albuquerque?”
“The idea was to check whether an outer sphere of high explosive "lenses" would, simply by being in place around a nearly critical core, reflect enough neutrons for the plutonium to go critical and explode prematurely and relatively ineffectually.”
“Detonations rang out as high explosive shells burst as they were fired into houses.”
“Their French architects had built them to resist cannonballs, not the eighty pounds of high explosive in each shell fired by the Inflexible’s four guns.”
“Just as glass lenses bent and focused light, so did the sooty-gray lenses of high explosive focus their shock waves from the outer circumference of the bomb towards the center, creating not an explosion, but an implosion.”
“Oppy said, "I told Sergeant Stingo to swing by here on the way back so I could ask you to drive Dr Pillsbury around the high explosive sites today.”
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