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"explosive" in British English

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explosiveadjective

uk   /ɪkˈspləʊ.sɪv/  us   /ɪkˈsploʊ.sɪv/
  • 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 the capital's busiest stations this morning.
very loud and sudden, like an explosion: There was an explosive clap of thunder overhead.
explosively
adverb uk   /ɪkˈspləʊ.sɪv.li/  us   /ɪkˈsploʊ.sɪv.li/
explosiveness
noun [U] uk   /ɪkˈspləʊ.sɪv.nəs/  us   /ɪkˈsploʊ.sɪv.nəs/

explosivenoun [C or U]

/ɪkˈspləʊ.sɪv/  us /ɪkˈsploʊ.sɪv/
(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 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.

explosivenoun [C]

 us   /ɪkˈsploʊ·sɪv/
  • 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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