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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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brisance(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]
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bri•sance(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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