- a form of gunpowder made with sodium nitrate instead of saltpeter, used chiefly for blasting rock, ore, etc.
Origin of blasting powder
First recorded in 1865–70
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Examples from the Web for blasting powder
They went to work on it with pick and shovel, then with drill and blasting-powder.
Well, sir, like a flash of blasting-powder this thought came to me.The Cottage of Delight
Will N. Harben
Angles and projections remained as the chisel, the pick, and the blasting-powder had left them.Deep Down, a Tale of the Cornish Mines
The living, the tools, the blasting-powder, and the help eat it up faster than Orion's salary can grow.
I forgot the unhappy accident of the blasting-powder—all the mortifications and disappointments of my life.The Blunders of a Bashful Man
Metta Victoria Fuller Victor