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English adjective: explosive

1. explosive serving to explode or characterized by explosion or sudden outburst


SamplesAn explosive device.
Explosive gas.
Explosive force.
Explosive violence.
An explosive temper.


Similardetonative


Antonymsnonexplosive

2. explosive liable to lead to sudden change or violence


SamplesAn explosive issue.
A volatile situation with troops and rioters eager for a confrontation.


Synonymsvolatile


Similarunstable


Antonymsstable

3. explosive sudden and loud


SamplesAn explosive laugh.


Similarsudden


Antonymsgradual


English noun: explosive

1. explosive (artifact) a chemical substance that undergoes a rapid chemical change (with the production of gas) on being heated or struck


Broader (hypernym)chemical, chemical substance


Narrower (hyponym)azoimide, Ballistite, burster, bursting charge, charge, explosive charge, explosive compound, explosive mixture, gunpowder, high explosive, HN, hydrazoic acid, hydrogen azide, impulse explosive, load, low explosive, nitramine, payload, powder, propellant explosive, smokeless powder, tetryl, warhead


Part meronymexplosive device









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