self-sustaining, exothermic decomposition reaction of an explosive substance, whose apparent velocity is less than the velocity of sound in the substance and greater than the speed of sound in air
NOTE It is generally accepted that the energy transmission takes place via a mechanical compression wave. This type of reaction is intermediary between combustion and detonation. It differs from combustion through the presence of a significant compression wave in the surrounding environment.
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