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blasting powder

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 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • There came a murmur like the buzz of a ton of blasting powder, in a state of excitement.

  • But shortly nothing could make an impression but blasting powder.

    Roughing It Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • He opened his pack and took two cans of blasting powder from it.

    The Secret of the Ninth Planet Donald Allen Wollheim
  • Play with a keg of blasting powder and a lighted match if you like.

    When 'Bear Cat' Went Dry Charles Neville Buck
  • All the valley of the Meuse and the Moselle is sullied with factory smoke and blasting powder.

  • No blasting powder, or other explosive, shall be stored in any mine except as above provided.

  • The one little spark had found its way to a barrel of blasting powder and caused a terrible explosion.

    The Elusive Pimpernel Baroness Emmuska Orczy
  • They had a charge of blasting powder, or possibly a dynamite cartridge, placed so that it could be fired with ease.

    Boy Scouts on Hudson Bay G. Harvey Ralphson
  • In the light of it I saw Collins pick up his bundle of blasting powder and warned him sharply.

    The La Chance Mine Mystery Susan Carleton Jones
  • The wagon tipped over and concussed a keg of blasting powder, and that obliterated the rest of the goods.

    Remarks Bill Nye

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