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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

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