A high explosive is characterized by the extreme
rapidity with which its decomposition occurs; this
action is known as detonation.
When initiated by a
blow or shock, it decomposes almost instantaneously,
either in a manner similar to an extremely rapid combustion
or with rupture and rearrangement of the molecules
High explosives are used as bursting charges
for bombs, projectiles, grenades, mines, and for demolition.
An explosive that is capable of detonating when unconfined.