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Dictionary definition for: Explosive

1. (n) a chemical substance that undergoes a rapid chemical change (with the production of gas) on being heated or struck

2. (a) tending or serving to explode or characterized by explosion or sudden outburst; "an explosive device" "explosive gas" "explosive force" "explosive violence" "an explosive temper"

3. (s) liable to lead to sudden change or violence; "an explosive issue" "a volatile situation with troops and rioters eager for a confrontation"

4. (s) sudden and loud; "an explosive laugh"

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