Ex*plo"sive (?), a. [Cf. F. explosif.]

Driving or bursting out with violence and noise; causing explosion; as, the explosive force of gunpowder.


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Ex*plo"sive, n.


An explosive agent; a compound or mixture susceptible of a rapid chemical reaction, as gunpowder, or nitro-glycerine.


A sound produced by an explosive impulse of the breath; Phonetics one of consonants p, b, t, d, k, g, which are sounded with a sort of explosive power of voice. [See Guide to Pronunciation, &root; 155-7, 184.]


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