A chemically unstable material that can expand quickly producing large changes in temperature and pressure. Examples of explosives include: Gunpowder, TNT, Nitroglycerin, Greek fire, Napalm, Dynamite, Fulminate, priming powder, tinder.
Synonyms and Related Terms
gunpowder; TNT; priming powder; nitroglycerin; Greek fire; napalm; tinder; dynamite; fulminate
Explosives must be labeled as hazardous materials
Resources and Citations
- Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997
- The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998
- Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Explosive (Accessed Jan. 25, 2006)