Definition of High explosive

1. Noun. A powerful chemical explosive that produces gas at a very high rate.

Definition of High explosive

1. Noun. Any powerful chemical explosive that, upon detonation, produces gas at a very high rate, thereby producing a very violent effect. ¹

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Literary usage of High explosive

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1. Transactions by Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (U.S.) (1893)
"The Ordnance Department of the Army has been experimenting for many years to secure a high explosive for a shell filler, and with varying success. ..."

2. Appletons' Annual Cyclopædia and Register of Important Events of the Year (1892)
"... installed at the proving ground for testing high explosive shell. Rapid-fire Guns.—The recent development of rapid-fire guns in the United States has ..."

3. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and (1910)
"The torpedo shell, however, weighs 1000 Ib and contains 137 lb of high explosive; it is not intended for piercing armour but for producing a powerful ..."

4. Proceedings of the United States Naval Institute by United States Naval Institute (1898)
"... for attack with high-explosive shells in the next naval action, not only from shore batteries, but from the enemy's vessels. This is a serious outlook. ..."

5. Mining Engineers' Handbook by Robert Peele (1918)
"... high explosive detonates with much greater ra than black powder; hence, the great rending and shattering effect of explosive, ..."

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