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 (brĭ-zäns′, -zäNs′)
The shattering effect of the sudden release of energy in an explosion.

[French, from brisant, present participle of briser, to break, from Old French brisier, from Vulgar Latin *brisiāre, perhaps of Celtic origin.]

bri·sant′ (-zänt′, -zäNt′) adj.


(ˈbriːzəns; French brizɑ̃s)
(General Physics) the shattering effect or power of an explosion or explosive
[C20: from French, from briser to break, ultimately of Celtic origin; compare Old Irish brissim I break]
ˈbrisant adj


(brɪˈzɑns, -ˈzɑ̃s, bri-)

the shattering effect of a high explosive.
[1910–15; < French, =bris(er) to break (< Celtic; akin to Irish brisim (I) break) + -ance -ance]
bri•sant′ (-ˈzɑnt, -ˈzɑ̃) adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.brisance - the shattering or crushing effect of a sudden release of energy as in an explosion
consequence, effect, result, upshot, outcome, event, issue - a phenomenon that follows and is caused by some previous phenomenon; "the magnetic effect was greater when the rod was lengthwise"; "his decision had depressing consequences for business"; "he acted very wise after the event"
References in periodicals archive ?
This volatile chemical, with strong brisance properties, can only be handled by professionals wearing flame retardant clothing and face protection equipment.
He went on to reveal that government experts were stunned because they did not know that sustained detonation or uncurved brisance explosives were even possible.
Primer brisance mostly depends on the length of the flame that leaps out of the flash-hole after the firing pin whacks the primer cup.