Meaning of EXPLOSIVE in English

EXPLOSIVE

(~s)

1.

An ~ is a substance or device that can cause an explosion.

...one-hundred-and-fifty pounds of Semtex ~...

N-VAR

2.

Something that is ~ is capable of causing an explosion.

The ~ device was timed to go off at the rush hour...

ADJ

~ly

Hydrogen is ~ly flammable when mixed with oxygen.

ADV: ADV adj, ADV after v

3.

An ~ growth is a sudden, rapid increase in the size or quantity of something.

The ~ growth in casinos is one of the most conspicuous signs of Westernisation.

ADJ

~ly

These transactions grew ~ly in the early 1980s.

ADV: ADV after v, ADV adj

4.

An ~ situation is likely to have difficult, serious, or dangerous effects.

He appeared to be treating the potentially ~ situation with some sensitivity...

Nobody knows what ~ arguments the future of Europe will bring.

ADJ: usu ADJ n

~ly

A referendum next year would coincide ~ly with the election campaign.

ADV: ADV after v

5.

If you describe someone as ~, you mean that they tend to express sudden violent anger.

He’s inherited his father’s ~ temper.

= fiery

ADJ

~ly

‘Are you mad?’ David asked ~ly.

ADV: ADV after v, ADV adj

6.

A sudden loud noise can be described as ~.

He made a loud, ~ noise of disgust.

...an ~ drumbeat.

ADJ

~ly

The sound of her own chewing and swallowing were ~ly loud.

ADV: ADV adj, ADV after v

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