from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The shattering effect of the sudden release of energy in an explosion.
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- n. The shattering effect of the energy released in an explosion.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. the shattering or crushing effect of a sudden release of energy as in an explosion; -- used especially as a measure of such a shattering power, applied to high explosives.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the shattering or crushing effect of a sudden release of energy as in an explosion
French, from brisant, present participle of briser, to break, from Old French brisier, from Vulgar Latin *brisiāre, perhaps of Celtic origin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French brisant, present participle of briser ("to break"). (Wiktionary)
This is supposed to be 30% more powerful than dynamite containing 60% nitroglycerin, and has 30% more brisance.
It isn't exactly strength or hardness or toughness or resilience or brisance -- maybe a combination of all five.