high explosive


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high explosive

n.
An explosive, such as TNT, that combusts nearly instantaneously, thereby producing a violent, shattering effect.

high explosive

n
(Chemistry) an extremely powerful chemical explosive, such as TNT or gelignite

high′ explo′sive


n.
an explosive, as TNT, with a violent, swift reaction, used in shells and bombs.
[1875–80]
high′-ex•plo′sive, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.high explosive - a powerful chemical explosive that produces gas at a very high ratehigh explosive - a powerful chemical explosive that produces gas at a very high rate
bursting explosive, disrupting explosive - a high explosive that is used to damage the target that is under attack
explosive - a chemical substance that undergoes a rapid chemical change (with the production of gas) on being heated or struck
W.M.D., weapon of mass destruction, WMD - a weapon that kills or injures civilian as well as military personnel (nuclear and chemical and biological weapons)
low explosive - an explosive with a low rate of combustion
Translations

high explosive

nesplosivo ad alto potenziale
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Repeated experiments with it determined me that in searching for a high explosive, Perry had stumbled upon a fire-extinguisher that would have made his fortune for him back in our own world.
Not only did these German battleships outnumber the Americans two to one, but they were more heavily armed and more modern in construction--seven of them having high explosive engines built of Charlottenburg steel, and all carrying Charlottenburg steel guns.
The three Marys were considered as dangerous as high explosives to have about the kitchen, yet they were such good cooks and such admirable housekeepers that they never had to look for a place.
Those who were non-experts in high explosives expected that every pane of glass in New York would be shattered.
Any further cylinders that fell, it was hoped, could be destroyed at once by high explosives, which were being rap- idly manufactured and distributed.
556 million for the acquisition of 81mm and 155mm high explosive mortar ammunition to be used by its naval infantry force.
Expert reports concluded that the confiscated devices are explosives containing a mixture of nitroglycerin and nitrocellulose, a high explosive mixture classified as a type of dynamite, and capable of destroying property and lives, which can be made using materials confiscated from the warehouse.
The engineering team also found, during dismantling the explosive device, high explosive wires of T.
According to the documents released by the National Archives, two containers of high explosive were discovered by a sniffer dog shortly before the ambassador was due to host then President Francois Mitterrand in October 1984.
The German GC mines contained some 1,500 pounds of high explosive and were usually dropped by parachute during the war.
As an example of a high explosive, the firing train of a block of Composition C-4 happens this way: An M81 fuse igniter sends the initiating shock down a tube, which sparks the primary high explosives in a blasting cap, which generates the needed heat and shock, which causes the C-4 to explode.

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