Explosiveness



[ik-sploh-siv] /ɪkˈsploʊ sɪv/

adjective
1.
tending or serving to :
an explosive temper; Nitroglycerin is an explosive substance.
2.
pertaining to or of the nature of an :
explosive violence.
3.
likely to lead to violence or hostility:
an explosive issue.
4.
Phonetics. .
noun
5.
an explosive agent or substance, as dynamite.
6.
Phonetics. .
/ɪkˈspləʊsɪv/
adjective
1.
of, involving, or characterized by an explosion or explosions
2.
capable of exploding or tending to explode
3.
potentially violent or hazardous; dangerous: an explosive situation
4.
(phonetics) another word for plosive
noun
5.
a substance that decomposes rapidly under certain conditions with the production of gases, which expand by the heat of the reaction. The energy released is used in firearms, blasting, and rocket propulsion
6.
a plosive consonant; stop
adj.

1660s, “tending to explode,” from Latin explos- (past participle stem of explodere; see explosion) + -ive. As a noun, from 1874. Related: Explosives.

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