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1. Relating to or having the nature of an explosion.
2. Tending to explode.
1. A substance, especially a prepared chemical, that explodes or causes explosion.
2. Linguistics A plosive.

ex·plo′sive·ly adv.
ex·plo′sive·ness n.
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Adv.1.explosively - suddenly and rapidly; "the population in Central America is growing explosively"
2.explosively - in an explosive manner; "the political situation in Kashmir and Jammu is explosively unstable"


[ɪksˈpləʊsɪvlɪ] ADV
1. (lit) sodium reacts explosively with waterel sodio reacciona con el agua produciendo una explosión, el sodio explota en contacto con el agua
2. (fig)
2.1. (= angrily) "shut up!" - she said explosively-¡cállate! -explotó
2.2. (= by leaps and bounds) the number of customers has grown explosivelyel número de clientes ha crecido vertiginosamente


(lit) react, eruptexplosiv
(fig) growexplosionsartig; say, askwütend; laughschallend; his dance is explosively energeticer tanzt mit einer explosionsartigen Energie
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I suppose you've heard that blackguard has deserted her," he cried explosively.
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I smiled at him gently, and as if encouraged or provoked, he completed his thought rather explosively.
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This Pro Haul industry has grown explosively since the advent of the Internet.
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