Definition of high explosive in English:

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high explosive

Pronunciation: /ˈˌhī ikˈsplōsiv/


A chemical explosive that is rapid and destructive, used in shells and bombs.
Example sentences
  • He points out that, when it comes to building a nuclear bomb, obtaining high explosives is only a small part of a very complicated procedure.
  • The builders of these bombs wouldn't have much trouble getting their hands on high explosives - dynamite is readily available, and TNT isn't too hard to come by.
  • The missile is armed with a 3kg high explosive warhead loaded with tungsten ball projectiles.

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Syllabification: high ex·plo·sive

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