• (noun): A chemical substance that undergoes a rapid chemical change (with the production of gas) on being heated or struck.
    See also — Additional definitions below

Some articles on explosive, explosives:

Musk Xylene - Safety - Explosive Properties
... case in the United Nations Manual of Test Methods and Criteria as a substance which shows some explosive properties but which does not have to be transported as Class 1 dangerous goods under the Model Regulations ... This does not count as "confinement" in the meaning of explosives tests indeed, the special packing is intended to prevent over-confinement during ... Nevertheless, musk xylene is classified in the European Union as an explosive under the Dangerous Substances Directive and as a category 1.1 explosive under the ...
Silverthrone Caldera - Volcanic Hazards - Explosive Eruptions
... The explosive nature of past eruptions at Silverthrone Caldera suggests that this volcano poses a significant long-distance threat to communities across Canada ... A large explosive eruption can produce large amounts of ash that could significantly affect communities across Canada ...
Mark 16 Torpedo
... The Mod 0 warhead contained 1260 lb (572 kg) of TPX explosive and was the most powerful conventional submarine torpedo warhead ever used by any Navy ... The United States used TPX explosive which was about 75 % more powerful (7405 J/g.) than the Type 97 explosive in the larger Japanese Type 93 Mod 3. 4370 J/g.) The Mod 1 warhead contained 960 lb (435 kg) of TPX or HBX (7552 J/g.) explosive ...
Liquid Explosives
... An explosive material, also called an explosive, is a reactive substance that contains a great amount of potential energy that can produce an explosion if released suddenly, usually accompanied by the ... An explosive charge is a measured quantity of explosive material ... This potential energy stored in an explosive material may be chemical energy, such as nitroglycerin or grain dust pressurized gas, such as a gas cylinder or aerosol can ...
... Picratol is a high explosive mixture, comprising 52% 'Explosive D' and 48% TNT ... As a result it proved useful as the main explosive filling in armour-piercing shells and aerial bombs ... Picratol is an obsolete explosive and is therefore unlikely to be encountered, except in the form of legacy munitions and unexploded ordnance ...

More definitions of "explosive":

  • (adj): Sudden and loud.
    Example: "An explosive laugh"
  • (adj): Liable to lead to sudden change or violence.
    Example: "An explosive issue"
    Synonyms: volatile
  • (adj): Tending or serving to explode or characterized by explosion or sudden outburst.
    Example: "An explosive device"; "explosive gas"; "explosive force"; "explosive violence"; "an explosive temper"

Famous quotes containing the word explosive:

    The indications are that swearing preceded the development of cursing. That is, expletives, maledictions, exclamations, and imprecations of the immediately explosive or vituperative kind preceded the speechmaking and later rituals involved in the deliberate apportioning of the fate of an enemy. Swearing of the former variety is from the lips only, but the latter is from the heart. Damn it! is not that same as Damn you!
    Ashley Montagu (b. 1905)

    Anyone who has obeyed nature by transmitting a piece of gossip experiences the explosive relief that accompanies the satisfying of a primary need.
    Primo Levi (1919–1987)