Definition of nonexplosive in US English:



  • Not able or likely to explode or to cause an explosion.

    • ‘Formulations based on nonexplosive fuels are advantageously employed in the practice of the invention exemplary of which are the soluble polyalcohols such as ethylene glycol and carbohydrates such as cane sugar.’
    • ‘This results in relatively calm, nonexplosive eruptions, and a preponderance of lava.’
    • ‘The use of nonexplosive, non-lethal barrier devices will mitigate the post-deployment hazards associated with traditional mines.’
    • ‘Because of their frequent occurrence and relatively nonexplosive character, Hawaiian eruptions are some of the most extensively studied in the world.’
    • ‘The viscosity of the magma, however, is also an important factor in determining whether an eruption will be explosive or nonexplosive.’
    • ‘Although they differ markedly from nonexplosive Hawaiian eruptions, Plinian eruptions are similar to Hawaiian fire fountaining in that both of these eruption types generate sustained eruption plumes.’
    • ‘Dissolved gases in the magma determine whether the eruption will be explosive or nonexplosive.’
    • ‘Blasting agents are usually ammonium nitrate mixtures sensitized with nonexplosive fuels such as oil or wax.’
    • ‘Produced artificially on a scale of 120 million tonnes per year and also produced biologically, urea is noncorrosive, nonexplosive, essentially nontoxic, and almost nonflammable.’
    • ‘Lower amounts of dissolved gases lead to effusive, nonexplosive eruptions.’
    • ‘Basalt fragmentation can occur by the explosive eruption process, or by an essentially nonexplosive process associated with the spalling of pillow basalt rinds by thermal shock or chill shattering.’