Explosive - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ɪkˈsploʊsɪv|  American pronunciation of the word explosive
Brit.  |ɪkˈspləʊsɪv|  British pronunciation of the word explosive


- a chemical substance that undergoes a rapid chemical change (with the production of gas) on being heated or struck


- liable to lead to sudden change or violence(syn: volatile)
- sudden and loud


He has an explosive temper.

...there's been an explosive interest in the sport since the Olympics...

Because the gas is highly explosive, it needs to be kept in high-pressure containers.

A small explosive device (=bomb) was set off outside the UN headquarters today.

He's good at defusing potentially explosive situations.

Both men suddenly spoke in the same explosive tone of voice.

The city has undergone explosive growth in recent years.

The terrorists charged the bomb with an explosive substance.

The device, which contained 400lbs of explosive, was made safe by army bomb disposal experts.

...blotted out all evidence of tampering with the explosive device...

Stand back! This is a very powerful explosive!

inventors seem to have chosen intuitively a combination of explosive and aggressive sounds as warning signals to be used on automobiles

Word forms

singular: explosive
plural: explosives
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