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 for bursting charge
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Burst \Burst\ (b[^u]rst), v. t.
     1. To break or rend by violence, as by an overcharge or by
        strain or pressure, esp. from within; to force open
        suddenly; as, to burst a cannon; to burst a blood vessel;
        to burst open the doors.
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              My breast I'll burst with straining of my courage.
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     2. To break. [Obs.]
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              You will not pay for the glasses you have burst?
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              He burst his lance against the sand below. --Fairfax
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     3. To produce as an effect of bursting; as, to burst a hole
        through the wall.
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     Bursting charge. See under Charge.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Charge \Charge\, n. [F. charge, fr. charger to load. See
     Charge, v. t., and cf. Cargo, Caricature.]
     1. A load or burder laid upon a person or thing.
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     2. A person or thing commited or intrusted to the care,
        custody, or management of another; a trust.
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     Note: The people of a parish or church are called the charge
           of the clergyman who is set over them.
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     3. Custody or care of any person, thing, or place; office;
        responsibility; oversight; obigation; duty.
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              'Tis a great charge to come under one body's hand.
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     4. Heed; care; anxiety; trouble. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
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     5. Harm. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
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     6. An order; a mandate or command; an injunction.
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              The king gave cherge concerning Absalom. --2. Sam.
                                                    xviii. 5.
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     7. An address (esp. an earnest or impressive address)
        containing instruction or exhortation; as, the charge of a
        judge to a jury; the charge of a bishop to his clergy.
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     8. An accusation of a wrong of offense; allegation;
        indictment; specification of something alleged.
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              The charge of confounding very different classes of
              phenomena.                            --Whewell.
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     9. Whatever constitutes a burden on property, as rents,
        taxes, lines, etc.; costs; expense incurred; -- usually in
        the plural.
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     10. The price demanded for a thing or service.
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     11. An entry or a account of that which is due from one party
         to another; that which is debited in a business
         transaction; as, a charge in an account book.
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     12. That quantity, as of ammunition, electricity, ore, fuel,
         etc., which any apparatus, as a gun, battery, furnace,
         machine, etc., is intended to receive and fitted to hold,
         or which is actually in it at one time
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     13. The act of rushing upon, or towards, an enemy; a sudden
         onset or attack, as of troops, esp. cavalry; hence, the
         signal for attack; as, to sound the charge.
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               Never, in any other war afore, gave the Romans a
               hotter charge upon the enemies.      --Holland.
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               The charge of the light brigade.     --Tennyson.
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     14. A position (of a weapon) fitted for attack; as, to bring
         a weapon to the charge.
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     15. (Far.) A sort of plaster or ointment.
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     16. (Her.) A bearing. See Bearing, n., 8.
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     17. [Cf. Charre.] Thirty-six pigs of lead, each pig
         weighing about seventy pounds; -- called also charre.
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     18. Weight; import; value.
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               Many suchlike "as's" of great charge. --Shak.
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     Back charge. See under Back, a.
     Bursting charge.
         (a) (Mil.) The charge which bursts a shell, etc.
         (b) (Mining) A small quantity of fine powder to secure
             the ignition of a charge of coarse powder in
     Charge and discharge (Equity Practice), the old mode or
        form of taking an account before a master in chancery.
     Charge sheet, the paper on which are entered at a police
        station all arrests and accusations.
     To sound the charge, to give the signal for an attack.
     Syn: Care; custody; trust; management; office; expense; cost;
          price; assault; attack; onset; injunction; command;
          order; mandate; instruction; accusation; indictment.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  bursting charge
      n 1: a quantity of explosive to be set off at one time; "this
           cartridge has a powder charge of 50 grains" [syn: charge,
           burster, bursting charge, explosive charge]

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