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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"
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[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
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(lit) react, eruptexplosiv
(fig) growexplosionsartig; say, askwütend; laughschallend; his dance is explosively energeticer tanzt mit einer explosionsartigen Energie
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Then would come the rhythm--a clapping of hands; the beating of a stick upon a log; the example of one that leaped with repetitions; or the chanting of one that uttered, explosively and regularly, with inflection that rose and fell, "A-bang, a-bang!
"I suppose you've heard that blackguard has deserted her," he cried explosively.
"Gracious--how romantic!" at last broke explosively from Janey.
"And you?" the other man blurted explosively at Silverstein.
"Yes, I ate it, plenty of it, a whole plateful!" Bertie cried explosively, like a diver suddenly regaining breath.
Smythe, however, made no allusion to the ultimate ground of their antagonism, but said simply and explosively, "Has Miss Hope seen that thing on the window?"
"I'll tell you what you think," he said explosively, but not raising his voice.
I smiled at him gently, and as if encouraged or provoked, he completed his thought rather explosively.
All at once he broke out explosively, " Pasque-Dieu !" What people are those who claim to be voyers, justiciaries, lords and masters in our domains?
He was particularly bad with his "b's," and his "th's" softened towards weak "z'ds." He called Bert explosively, "Pooterage." He began with some indistinct civilities, bowed, took a folding-table and chair from behind the door, put the former between himself and Bert, sat down on the latter, coughed drily, and opened his portfolio.
MUSIC Talisk In their five years, Scottish firebrands Talisk have stacked up several major awards for their explosively energetic yet artfully woven sound, including 2017's Folk Band of the Year at the BBC Alba Scots Trad Music Awards, and a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award.
Bending at the elbow, curl the band up explosively to around your upper chest, fully contracting your biceps.

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