explosiveness

explosive

[ik-sploh-siv]
adjective
1.
tending or serving to explode: an explosive temper; Nitroglycerin is an explosive substance.
2.
pertaining to or of the nature of an explosion: explosive violence.
3.
likely to lead to violence or hostility: an explosive issue.
4.
Phonetics, plosive.
noun
5.
an explosive agent or substance, as dynamite.
6.
Phonetics, plosive.

Origin:
1660–70; explos(ion) + -ive

explosively, adverb
explosiveness, noun
nonexplosive, adjective, noun
nonexplosively, adverb
nonexplosiveness, noun
unexplosive, adjective
unexplosively, adverb
unexplosiveness, noun
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explosive (ɪkˈspləʊsɪv)
 
adj
1.  of, involving, or characterized by an explosion or explosions
2.  capable of exploding or tending to explode
3.  potentially violent or hazardous; dangerous: an explosive situation
4.  phonetics another word for plosive
 
n
5.  a substance that decomposes rapidly under certain conditions with the production of gases, which expand by the heat of the reaction. The energy released is used in firearms, blasting, and rocket propulsion
6.  a plosive consonant; stop
 
ex'plosively
 
adv
 
ex'plosiveness
 
n

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explosive
1660s, "tending to explode," from L. explosus (pp. of explodere; see explosion) + -ive. As a noun, from 1874.
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