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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 the capital's busiest stations this morning. very loud and sudden, like an explosion: There was an explosive clap of thunder overhead.

explosive adjective (EMOTION)

C2 An explosive situation or emotion is one 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.

explosive adjective (INCREASE)

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

explosive

noun [C or U]
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