explosive
I. adjective Date: 1667 1. a. relating to, characterized by, or operated by explosion <
an explosive hatch
>
b. resulting from or as if from an explosion <
explosive population growth
>
2. a. tending to explode <
an explosive person
>
b. likely to erupt in or produce hostile reaction or violence <
an explosive ghetto situation
>
explosively adverbexplosiveness noun II. noun Date: 1849 1. an explosive substance 2. a consonant characterized by explosion in its articulation when it occurs in certain environments ; stop

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