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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. 2018.
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  • But shortly nothing could make an impression but blasting powder.

    Roughing It Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • With blasting powder and dynamite they blew the larger stumps into shreds.

    The Shadow Passes Roy J. Snell
  • Play with a keg of blasting powder and a lighted match if you like.

    When 'Bear Cat' Went Dry Charles Neville Buck
  • He opened his pack and took two cans of blasting powder from it.

    The Secret of the Ninth Planet Donald Allen Wollheim
  • All the valley of the Meuse and the Moselle is sullied with factory smoke and blasting powder.

  • 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
  • The blasting powder in twenty-pound cans was being passed from hand to hand to the chargers.

    The Daughter of a Magnate

    Frank H. Spearman
  • Then the blasting powder is produced, and the cry comes: "Hot poker for the blasts!"

  • I tried to make him more comfortable by assisting him to a seat on my keg of blasting powder.

    The Blunders of a Bashful Man Metta Victoria Fuller Victor
  • Then if we are going into the mining business, better take some blasting powder.

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