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explosive

adjective uk   /ɪkˈspləʊ.sɪv/ us    /-ˈsploʊ-/

explosive adjective (BURST)

C2 exploding or able to explode easily: Certain gases are highly explosive. An explosive device (= a bomb) was found at one of London's busiest stations this morning.Exploding and erupting very loud and sudden, like an explosion: There was an explosive clap of thunder overhead.Not expected or plannedNoise and noisy

explosive adjective (EMOTION)

C2 describes a situation or emotion in which strong feelings are loudly or violently expressed: The situation in some of America's cities has become explosive. Capital punishment is an explosive issue. She has an explosive temper.Strong feelings

explosive adjective (INCREASE)

describes an increase that is very large and quick: The last few years have seen an explosive increase in the number of homeless people on our streets.Increasing and intensifying
explosively
adverb uk   /-li/ us  
Exploding and eruptingStrong feelings
explosiveness
noun [U] uk   /-nəs/ us  
Becoming too excited and easily upset

explosive

noun [C or U]
C2 a substance or piece of equipment that can cause explosionsExplosives in general
(Definition of explosive from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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