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"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.

explosive adjective (EMOTION)

C2 An explosive ​situation or ​emotion is one in which ​strongfeelings are ​loudly or ​violentlyexpressed: The situation in some of America's ​cities has ​become explosive. Capital ​punishment is an explosive issue. She has an explosive temper.

explosive adjective (INCREASE)

An explosive ​increase is very ​large and ​quick: The last few ​years have ​seen an explosive ​increase in the ​number of ​homelesspeople on ​ourstreets.
explosively
adverb uk   us   /-li/
explosiveness
noun [U] uk   us   /-nəs/

explosivenoun [C or U]

C2 a ​substance or ​piece of ​equipment that can ​causeexplosions
(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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