Meaning of EXPLOSIVE in English



Pronunciation: ik- ' spl ō -siv, -ziv

Function: adjective

Date: 1667

1 a : relating to, characterized by, or operated by explosion <an explosive hatch> b : resulting from or as if from an explosion < explosive population growth>

2 a : tending to explode <an explosive person> b : likely to erupt in or produce hostile reaction or violence <an explosive ghetto situation>

– ex · plo · sive · ly adverb

– ex · plo · sive · ness noun

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