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Adjective explosive has 3 senses
- explosive - tending or serving to explode or characterized by explosion or sudden outburst; "an explosive device"; "explosive gas"; "explosive force"; "explosive violence"; "an explosive temper"
- explosive, volatile - liable to lead to sudden change or violence; "an explosive issue"; "a volatile situation with troops and rioters eager for a confrontation"
Antonym: stable (indirect, via unstable)
- explosive - sudden and loud; "an explosive laugh"
Antonym: gradual (indirect, via sudden)
Noun explosive has 1 sense
- explosive - a chemical substance that undergoes a rapid chemical change (with the production of gas) on being heated or struck
--1 is a kind of chemical
--1 is a part of explosive device
--1 has particulars:
| ||charge, burster, bursting charge, explosive charge; explosive compound; explosive mixture; propellant explosive, impulse explosive; warhead, payload, load; hydrazoic acid, azoimide, hydrogen azide, HN; high explosive; low explosive; gunpowder, powder; smokeless powder, Ballistite|