explosive Definition

  • 1able or likely to shatter violently or burst apart, as when a bomb explodes
  • 2characterized by or involving the sudden and violent release of energy or emotion

Using explosive: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "explosive" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The explosive device was defused before it could cause any harm.

  • Example

    The team's explosive offense led them to victory.

  • Example

    The argument between the two friends became explosive and ended their relationship.

explosive Synonyms and Antonyms

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Phrases with explosive

  • a sudden and violent drop in air pressure that can occur in an aircraft or spacecraft


    The pilots managed to land the plane safely despite experiencing explosive decompression.

  • explosive diarrhea

    a severe form of diarrhea that is accompanied by abdominal pain and cramping


    The hiker had to cut his trip short due to a bout of explosive diarrhea.

  • a person who is prone to sudden outbursts of anger or emotion


    Her explosive personality made it difficult for her to maintain relationships.


Summary: explosive in Brief

The term 'explosive' [ɪkˈspləʊsɪv] describes something that is able or likely to burst apart violently, such as a bomb, or characterized by sudden and violent release of energy or emotion. It can refer to physical objects like an explosive device or to non-physical things like an explosive argument. Phrases like 'explosive decompression' and 'explosive diarrhea' describe specific types of explosive events.

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