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Meaning of “explosive” in the English Dictionary

"explosive" in British English

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explosiveadjective

uk   /ɪkˈspləʊ.sɪv/  us   /-ˈsploʊ-/
  • explosive adjective (BURST)

C2 exploding or ​able to ​explodeeasily: Certain ​gases are highly explosive. An explosive device (= a ​bomb) was ​found at one of the capital's ​busieststations this ​morning. very ​loud and ​sudden, like an ​explosion: There was an explosive ​clap of ​thunderoverhead.
explosively
adverb uk   us   /-li/
explosiveness
noun [U] uk   us   /-nəs/

explosivenoun [C or U]

(Definition of explosive from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"explosive" in American English

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explosiveadjective

 us   /ɪkˈsploʊ·sɪv/
  • explosive adjective (BURSTING VIOLENTLY)

exploding or ​able to ​explodeeasily: an explosive ​device Certain ​gases are ​highly explosive. fig. It was a ​politically explosive ​issue. Explosive also ​meansdifficult 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 ​numberhouseholdsowning a ​computer.

explosivenoun [C]

 us   /ɪkˈsploʊ·sɪv/
  • explosive noun [C] (SUBSTANCE THAT BURSTS)

a ​substance that can be made to ​burstviolently: 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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