unexploded explosive ordnance


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unexploded explosive ordnance

Explosive ordnance which has been primed, fused, armed or otherwise prepared for action, and which has been fired, dropped, launched, projected, or placed in such a manner as to constitute a hazard to operations, installations, personnel, or material and remains unexploded either by malfunction or design or for any other cause. Also called UXO. See also explosive ordnance.
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms. US Department of Defense 2005.
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While EOD technicians today use "the application of special explosive ordnance disposal methods and tools to provide for the interruption of functions or separation of essential components of unexploded explosive ordnance to prevent an unacceptable detonation," (1) so too did the technicians of the gunpowder era.