fuel-air explosive

Also found in: Thesaurus, Acronyms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.fuel-air explosive - a device consisting of a container of fuel and two explosive charges; the first charge bursts open the fuel container at a predetermined height and spreads the fuel in a cloud that mixes with atmospheric oxygen; the second charge detonates the cloud which creates an enormous blast wave and incinerates whatever is below
explosive device - device that bursts with sudden violence from internal energy
aerosol bomb, fuel-air bomb, thermobaric bomb, vacuum bomb, volume-detonation bomb - a bomb that uses a fuel-air explosive; "a thermobaric bomb can create overpressures equal to an atomic bomb"
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.
References in periodicals archive ?
RADM John Stufflebeem, deputy operations director for the Joint Staff, said recently that the military may not have any more fuel-air explosives. Those bombs create clouds of explosive mist that then detonate, exhausting all oxygen in the area and causing inhabitants of a closed environment (such as a cave) to suffocate.
The Kornet can be armed with fuel-air explosive warheads, giving it an artillery-like capability against soft targets.
The fuel-air explosive has had a far more sensational existence in myth and propaganda than in actual war.