Definition of high explosive in US English:

high explosive

noun

  • A chemical explosive that is rapid and destructive, used in shells and bombs.

    • ‘Now, the governor also said that it was not one car bomb that went off on Friday, but rather two car bombs, containing a total of 700 kilograms of high explosives.’
    • ‘The missile is armed with a 3kg high explosive warhead loaded with tungsten ball projectiles.’
    • ‘The builders of these bombs wouldn't have much trouble getting their hands on high explosives - dynamite is readily available, and TNT isn't too hard to come by.’
    • ‘This new material was dramatically different in nature and concept of use from the conventional high explosives used in fission weapons.’
    • ‘He points out that, when it comes to building a nuclear bomb, obtaining high explosives is only a small part of a very complicated procedure.’
    • ‘Modern high explosives are developments of the last 150 years, which began with the discovery of nitroglycerine and the invention of nitrocellulose, or gun cotton, in the 1840s.’

Pronunciation

high explosive

/ˈˌhaɪ ɪkˈsploʊsɪv//ˈˌhī ikˈsplōsiv/