brisance

[bri-zahns; French bree-zahns]
noun
the shattering effect of a high explosive.

Origin:
1910–15; < French, equivalent to bris(er) to break (< Celtic; akin to Irish brisim (I) break) + -ance -ance

brisant [bri-zahnt; French bree-zahn] , adjective
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brisance (ˈbriːzəns, French brizɑ̃s)
 
n
the shattering effect or power of an explosion or explosive
 
[C20: from French, from briser to break, ultimately of Celtic origin; compare Old Irish brissim I break]
 
'brisant
 
adj

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The shattering of rock by an explosion is referred to as brisance.
High brisance explosives proceed rapidly and have a high shock energy and low impulse.
Brisance: the destructive fragmentation effect of a charge on its immediate vicinity.
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