Definition of explosive adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ɪkˈspləʊsɪv//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈsploʊsɪv//
    ; BrE BrE//ɪkˈspləʊzɪv//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈsploʊzɪv//
    Anger, Terrorism
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  1. 1easily able or likely to explode an explosive device (= a bomb) an explosive mixture of chemicals Hydrogen is highly explosive. a highly explosive mixture of gases See related entries: Terrorism
  2. 2likely to cause violence or strong feelings of anger or hatred a potentially explosive situation one of the most explosive issues of our time The political situation is potentially explosive.
  3. 3often having sudden violent or angry feelings an explosive temper See related entries: Anger
  4. 4increasing suddenly and rapidly the explosive growth of the export market
  5. 5(of a sound) sudden and loud There was an explosive crash and then everything fell silent.
  6. Word Familyexplode verbexplosion nounexplosive adjective noununexploded adjective
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