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explosive

adjective  /ɪkˈsploʊ·sɪv/ us  

explosive adjective (BURSTING VIOLENTLY)

exploding or able to explode easily: an explosive device Certain gases are highly explosive. fig. It was a politically explosive issue. Explosive also means difficult to control and likely to be violent: She has an explosive temper.

explosive adjective (VERY QUICK)

very quick and big: There has been an explosive increase in the number households owning a computer.

explosive

noun [C]  /ɪkˈsploʊ·sɪv/ us  

explosive noun [C] (SUBSTANCE THAT BURSTS)

a substance that can be made to burst violently: Explosives are sometimes used to blast away rock in construction. Dynamite is a powerful explosive.
(Definition of explosive from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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