brisance ri"sance n. the shattering or crushing effect of a sudden release of energy as in an explosion; -- used especially as a measure of such a shattering power, applied to high explosives. [WordNet 1.5 +PJC]

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  • Brisance — is a measure of the rapidity with which an explosive develops its maximum pressure.In addition to strength, explosive materials display a second characteristic, which is their shattering effect or brisance (from the French briser , to break),… …   Wikipedia

  • brisance — ● brisance nom féminin Propriété d un explosif qui le rend plus ou moins apte à rompre des corps résistants. brisance [bʀizɑ̃s] n. f. ÉTYM. Mil. XXe; de brisant, adj. ❖ ♦ Techn. Capacité d un explosif à fragmenter plus ou moins une masse donnée… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • brisance — [bri zäns′] n. [Fr, lit., breaking, prp. of briser, to break < VL brisare] the shattering effect of the sudden release of energy, as in an explosion of nitroglycerin …   English World dictionary

  • Brisance — La brisance est l aptitude d un explosif à fragmenter une cible[1]. Elle est pratiquement proportionnelle à la rapidité avec laquelle un explosif développe sa pression maximale. La brisance mesure la capacité de destruction d un explosif. Le… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • brisance — noun /ˈbɹiːzɑ̃s/ The shattering effect of the energy released in an explosion. He thought he knew being aflame. But this was sustained explosion, reaching now and then a quite unendurable brisance. See Also: brisant …   Wiktionary

  • brisance — brisant /bri zahnt /; Fr. /brddee zahonn /, adj. /bri zahns /; Fr. /brddee zahonns /, n. the shattering effect of a high explosive. [1910 15; < F, equiv. to bris(er) to break ( < Celt; akin to Ir brisim (I) break) + ance ANCE] * * * …   Universalium

  • brisance — bri·sance …   English syllables

  • brisance — bri•sance [[t]brɪˈzɑns, ˈzɑ̃s, bri [/t]] n. the shattering effect of a high explosive • Etymology: 1910–15; < F, =bris(er) to break (< Celtic; akin to Ir brisim (I) break) + ance ance bri•sant′ ˈzɑnt, ˈzɑ̃ adj …   From formal English to slang

  • brisance — /ˈbrizəns/ (say breezuhns) noun the shattering power of high explosives. {French} …   Australian English dictionary

  • brisance — noun the shattering or crushing effect of a sudden release of energy as in an explosion • Derivationally related forms: ↑brisant • Hypernyms: ↑consequence, ↑effect, ↑outcome, ↑result, ↑event, ↑issue, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

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