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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.
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(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
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(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.
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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"
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This volatile chemical, with strong brisance properties, can only be handled by professionals wearing flame retardant clothing and face protection equipment.
In the thick understory, I patiently followed it for what felt like eternity until it entered an opening, and once again the brisance of my rifle reverberated through the bush, only this time the hyena dropped to the dusty, leaf-littered soil and into my memory bank forever.
At that time al-Qaeda experts were reportedly on the verge of developing a new class of "super explosives." A more accurate description would be to refer to them as "sustained detonation" or "uncurved brisance" explosives.