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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR EXPLOSIVE

There were gasps, explosive curses of bewilderment, amazement.

Thorpe broke in with explosive warmth, lifting himself in his chair.

Urquhart was a man of explosive action and had great reserve of strength.

The party of customers there had become aware of the explosive interlude in the doorway.

I gauged our movement, and dropped an explosive powder bomb.

They've fired some sort of explosive, to seal up the exit of the mine!

They had hauled plenty of explosive for the Comas—for Craig.

The aide nodded unhappily and Stern let out an explosive breath.

These, he knew, were loaded with an explosive worthy of respect on any planet he had heard of.

As the name suggests, this explosive was originally in the form of powder or dust.

WORD ORIGIN

1660s, "tending to explode," from Latin explos- (past participle stem of explodere; see explosion) + -ive. As a noun, from 1874. Related: Explosives.

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