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high explosive

noun
1.
a class of explosive, as TNT, in which the reaction is so rapid as to be practically instantaneous, used in shells and bombs.
Origin
1875-1880
1875-80
Related forms
high-explosive, adjective
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Examples from the web for high explosive
  • In the morning, before your call comes from the desk, the roaring burst of a high explosive shell wakes you.
  • Pack the bottom of the boreholes with high explosive.
  • The current focus of his research is on the study of plasticity in high explosive crystals.
British Dictionary definitions for high explosive

high explosive

noun
1.
an extremely powerful chemical explosive, such as TNT or gelignite
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