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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, priming powder, nitroglycerin, Greek fire, napalm, tinder, dynamite, fulminate

Synonyms and Related Terms

gunpowder; TNT; priming powder; nitroglycerin; Greek fire; napalm; tinder; dynamite; fulminate

Hazards and Safety

Explosives must be labeled as hazardous materials

Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • 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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