Meaning of EXPLOSIVE in English


— explosively , adv. — explosiveness , n.

/ik sploh"siv/ , adj.

1. tending or serving to explode: an explosive temper; Nitroglycerin is an explosive substance.

2. pertaining to or of the nature of an explosion: explosive violence.

3. likely to lead to violence or hostility: an explosive issue.

4. Phonet. plosive.


5. an explosive agent or substance, as dynamite.

6. Phonet. plosive.

[ 1660-70; EXPLOS(ION) + -IVE ]

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .