Meaning of “explosive” - Learner’s Dictionary


adjective uk us /ɪkˈspləʊsɪv/

An explosive substance or piece of equipment can cause explosions:

The explosive device was hidden in a suitcase.
an explosive mixture of oil vapour and oxygen

An explosive situation or subject causes strong feelings, and may make people angry or violent:

a highly explosive political issue

(Definition of “explosive adjective” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)