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brisance

Definition:

the shattering or crushing effect of a sudden release of energy as in an explosion

Class:

phenomenon noun (natural phenomena)

Derivative:

brisant

Plural:

brisances

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Etymology:

French, from brisant, present participle of briser, to break, from Old French...
(Source: American Heritage Dictionary)  [more]

Definition references

Wikipedia:

Brisance

the shattering capability of a high explosive, determined mainly by its detonation pressure. The term originates from the French verb "briser", which means to break or shatter. Brisance is of practical importance for determining the effectiveness of an... (38 of 308 words)

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Collins Dictionary:

brisance [French] | brisant [adjective, derived]

the shattering effect or power of an explosion or explosive (10 of 263 words, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/brisance

American Heritage Dictionary:

brisance | brisant [adjective, related]

The shattering effect of the sudden release of energy in an explosion. (12 of 43 words, pronunciations)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/brisance

New World Dictionary:

brisance

the shattering effect of the sudden release of energy, as in an explosion of nitroglycerin (15 of 30 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/brisance

Wiktionary:

brisance

The shattering effect of the energy released in an explosion. (10 of 24 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/brisance

Random House Dictionary:

brisance

the shattering effect of a high explosive. (7 of 14 words, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/brisance

Merriam-Webster:

upshot | outcome [synonym] | aftereffect [synonym] | aftermath [synonym] | backwash [synonym] | child [synonym] | conclusion [synonym] | consequence [synonym] | corollary [synonym] | ...

the final result; "outcome" (4 of 118 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/upshot

Britannica Encyclopedia:

event [occurrence]

notion that became of singular importance in the philosophical speculation about relativity physics. The best-known analyses are those of the ... (20 of 71 words)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/197129​/event

Oxford Dictionary:

upshot

Syllabification: (up·shot) | [singular] | the final or eventual outcome or conclusion of a discussion, action, or series of events (18 of 60 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/upshot

upshot [singular]

the final or eventual outcome or conclusion of a discussion, action, or series of events (15 of 57 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/upshot

Macmillan British Dictionary:

upshot | the upshot of something

"the upshot (of something)": the result of a process or an event (12 of 41 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/upshot

Cambridge Dictionary:

the upshot | upshot

something which happens as a result of other actions, events or decisions (12 of 29 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/the-upshot

Encarta Dictionary:

upshot

the end result of something (5 of 21 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861708660​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

American Heritage Dictionary:

brisance

Origin: French, from brisant, present participle of briser, to break, from Old French brisier, from Vulgar Latin *brisiāre, perhaps of Celtic origin.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/brisance

Collins Dictionary:

brisance [French]

First use: 20th century

Origin: from French, from briser to break, ultimately of Celtic origin; compare Old Irish brissim I break

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/brisance

New World Dictionary:

brisance

Origin: French, literally, breaking, present participle of briser, to break from Vulgar Latin brisare

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/brisance

Wiktionary:

brisance

Origin: French brisant, present participle of briser ("to break").

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/brisance

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

brisance [French]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "brisance"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/brisance

the Free Dictionary:

brisance

Audio 1: British English pronunciation of "brisance"

Audio 2: North American English pronunciation of "brisance" by speech synthesizer

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YourDictionary Audio:

brisance

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "brisance" by speech synthesizer

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