high explosive

Any powerful chemical explosive that, upon detonation, produces gas at a very high rate, thereby producing a very violent effect.

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  • high explosive — high explosives N VAR High explosive is an extremely powerful explosive substance …   English dictionary

  • high explosive — high explosive, adj. a class of explosive, as TNT, in which the reaction is so rapid as to be practically instantaneous, used in shells and bombs. [1875 80] * * * …   Universalium

  • high explosive — ► NOUN ▪ a powerful chemical explosive of the kind used in shells and bombs …   English terms dictionary

  • high explosive — n. any explosive in which the combustion of the particles is so rapid as to be virtually simultaneous throughout the mass, so that it has great shattering effect …   English World dictionary

  • high-explosive — highˈ explōsive adjective • • • Main Entry: ↑high …   Useful english dictionary

  • high explosive — index bomb Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • high explosive — noun a powerful chemical explosive that produces gas at a very high rate (Freq. 2) • Ant: ↑low explosive • Hypernyms: ↑explosive, ↑weapon of mass destruction, ↑WMD, ↑W.M.D. • …   Useful english dictionary

  • high explosive — UK / US noun [countable/uncountable] Word forms high explosive : singular high explosive plural high explosives a substance that produces a quick and powerful explosion and is often used in bombs …   English dictionary

  • high explosive — brizantinė sprogstamoji medžiaga statusas T sritis chemija apibrėžtis Sprogstamoji medžiaga iki 2–2,5 užtaiso spindulio atstumu intensyviai suardanti sprogimo vietą. atitikmenys: angl. blasting explosive; high explosive rus. бризантное взрывчатое …   Chemijos terminų aiškinamasis žodynas

  • high explosive — noun High explosive is used before these nouns: ↑bomb, ↑shell …   Collocations dictionary

  • high explosive — high′ explo′sive n. chem. an explosive, as TNT, with a violent, swift reaction, used in shells and bombs • Etymology: 1875–80 high′ ex•plo′sive, adj …   From formal English to slang

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