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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  • "...the breach of a complete closure of the organs."

    April 5, 2011