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Definitions for dynamite
ˈdaɪ nəˌmaɪtdy·na·mite

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dynamiteverb

    an explosive containing nitrate sensitized with nitroglycerin absorbed on wood pulp

  2. dynamiteverb

    blow up with dynamite

    "The rock was dynamited"


  1. dynamitenoun

    A class of explosives made from nitroglycerine in an absorbent medium such as kieselguhr, used in mining and blasting; invented by Alfred Nobel in 1867.

  2. dynamitenoun

    Anything exceptionally dangerous, exciting or wonderful.

  3. dynamiteverb

    To blow up with dynamite or other high explosive.

  4. Etymology: Coined by Nobel, the inventor.


  1. Dynamite

    Dynamite is an explosive made of nitroglycerin, sorbents (such as powdered shells or clay), and stabilizers. It was invented by the Swedish chemist and engineer Alfred Nobel in Geesthacht, Northern Germany, and patented in 1867. It rapidly gained wide-scale use as a more robust alternative to black powder.


  1. dynamite

    Dynamite is a high-powered explosive substance that was traditionally packaged in cylindrical sticks and often used in construction, mining or demolition. It was invented by Alfred Nobel in the 19th century and contains an absorbent material soaked in nitroglycerin.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dynamitenoun

    an explosive substance consisting of nitroglycerin absorbed by some inert, porous solid, as infusorial earth, sawdust, etc. It is safer than nitroglycerin, being less liable to explosion from moderate shocks, or from spontaneous decomposition

  2. Etymology: [Gr. power. See Dynamic.]


  1. Dynamite

    Dynamite is an explosive material based on nitroglycerin, using diatomaceous earth, or another absorbent substance such as powdered shells, clay, sawdust, or wood pulp. Dynamites using organic materials such as sawdust are less stable and such use has been generally discontinued. Dynamite was invented by the Swedish chemist and engineer Alfred Nobel in Geesthacht, Germany, and patented in 1867. Its name was coined by Nobel from the Ancient Greek word δύναμις dýnamis, meaning "power". Dynamite is a high explosive, which means its power comes from detonation rather than deflagration. Dynamite is mainly used in the mining, quarrying, construction, and demolition industries, and it has had some historical usage in warfare. However the unstable nature of nitroglycerin, especially if subjected to freezing, has rendered it obsolete for military uses. Public familiarity with dynamite led to metaphoric uses, such as saying that a particular issue "is political dynamite".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Dynamite

    din′a-mīt, n. a powerful explosive agent, consisting of absorbent matter, as porous silica, saturated with nitro-glycerine.—v.t. to blow up with dynamite.—ns. Dyn′amitard, Dyn′amiter, a ruffian who would use dynamite to destroy bridges, gaols, &c. [Gr. dynamis.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Dynamite

    a powerful explosive substance, intensely local in its action; formed by impregnating a porous siliceous earth or other substance with some 70 per cent. of nitro-glycerine.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz


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Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. dynamite

    , called in the United States “giant powder,” is formed by mixing nitro-glycerine with certain porous substances, and especially with certain varieties of silica or alumina, these substances absorbing the nitro-glycerine. It was invented in 1867 by the Swedish engineer Nobel, who proposed to prevent the frequent and unexpected explosions of nitro-glycerine, at the same time without sacrificing any of its power. This he effected by the use of certain silicious earths as a base for the absorption of the nitro-glycerine, the experiment resulting in the new compound which he called dynamite, its transportation and handling being no more dangerous than that of ordinary gunpowder. It is not liable to spontaneous explosion like pure nitro-glycerine, nor can it be exploded by moderate concussion; when unconfined, if set fire to, it will burn without explosion; it may be safely kept at any moderate temperature; is inexplosive when frozen, and acts effectively under water. Its effects are proportional to the quantity of nitro-glycerine held in absorption; but under circumstances where a sustained bursting pressure is required, not being as instantaneous in its action as nitro-glycerine, its effects are more powerful than those of an equal weight of the pure material. The best absorbent of nitro-glycerine for the formation of dynamite is a silicious earth found at Oberlohe, Hanover. During the siege of Paris, a scientific committee of investigation, engaged in experimenting on different substances as a substitute for this earth, selected as the best silica, alumina, and boghead cinders. Any of these, they declared, when combined with nitro-glycerine, formed a substance which possessed all the remarkable qualities attributed to the dynamite of Nobel. During the siege of Paris dynamite was used successfully by the French engineers to free a flotilla of gunboats caught in the ice on the Seine, below Charenton, by simply placing a quantity of it on the surface of the ice. The explosion dislodged the ice for a great distance, and the masses thus loosened, being directed into the current by the aid of a small steamer, floated down the stream, and left the river open. There are various other compounds of nitro-glycerine, such as dualin, glyoxiline, etc., all differing in the matter used as a base, they being generally some explosive substances; but none of them appears to have come into such general use or to be as reliable as dynamite. Many preparations of chlorate and picrate of potassium have also been used from time to time as explosive agents; but their great sensibility to friction or percussion renders them extremely dangerous; they are, therefore, not liable to come into general use. A preparation of potassium chlorate and sulphur, not liable to explode by concussion, but very sensitive to friction, is used with great effect as a charge for explosive bullets.

  2. dynamite

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of dynamite in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of dynamite in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of dynamite in a Sentence

  1. Dean F. Wilson:

    Dynamite is loyal to the one who lights the fuse.

  2. Vance Havner:

    Civilization today reminds me of an ape with a blowtorch playing in a room full of dynamite. It looks like the monkeys are about to operate the zoo, and the inmates are taking over the asylum.

  3. Jerry Seinfeld:

    My mom was so amazing, she was a great sister, friend and artist. She was more than what you saw on TV. Everyone says that when you met her, it felt like you’d known her for a lifetime. That’s just who she was. My dad [baseball pitcher Chuck Finley] said at the service that she knew no stranger. … She was just dynamite. She was born to make people smile.

  4. Abraham Mosley:

    Some of my folks want me to go out there with a bag of dynamite and blow it up, but that's not the mountain that needs to be moved.

  5. Donald Trump:

    And I think it's very bad for Russia, i think it's very bad for mankind. It's very bad for this world. But when you drop gas or bombs or barrel bombs -- they have these massive barrels with dynamite and they drop them right in the middle of a group of people -- and in all fairness, you see the same kids — no arms, no legs, no face — this is an animal.

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