Meaning of EXPLOSIVE in English


I. ik-ˈsplō-siv, -ziv adjective

Date: 1667


a. : relating to, characterized by, or operated by explosion

an explosive hatch

b. : resulting from or as if from an explosion

explosive population growth


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

II. noun

Date: 1849

1. : an explosive substance

2. : a consonant characterized by explosion in its articulation when it occurs in certain environments : stop

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.