ex·plo·sive /ɪkˈsplosɪv, zɪv/
Ex·plo·sive a. Driving or bursting out with violence and noise; causing explosion; as, the explosive force of gunpowder.
1. An explosive agent; a compound or mixture susceptible of a rapid chemical reaction, as gunpowder, TNT, dynamite, or nitro-glycerine.
2. 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.
Note: [See Guide to Pronunciation, √ 155-7, 184.]
adj 1: tending or serving to explode or characterized by explosion
or sudden outburst; "an explosive device"; "explosive
gas"; "explosive force"; "explosive violence"; "an
explosive temper" [ant: nonexplosive]
2: liable to lead to sudden change or violence; "an explosive
issue"; "a volatile situation with troops and rioters
eager for a confrontation" [syn: volatile]
3: sudden and loud; "an explosive laugh"
n : a chemical substance that undergoes a rapid chemical change
(with the production of gas) on being heated or struck