Word Archaeology: brisance

Originating circa 1910-15, brisance is a word derived from French and Celtic words for “to break”. It refers to the shattering effect of a high explosive, determined by crushed sand or compressed metal cylinders. Brisance helps determine the effectives of fragmenting shells, bomb casings, and grenades.

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