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[dahy-nuh-mahyt] /ˈdaɪ nəˌmaɪt/
a high explosive, originally consisting of nitroglycerin mixed with an absorbent substance, now with ammonium nitrate usually replacing the nitroglycerin.
any person or thing having a spectacular effect.
verb (used with object), dynamited, dynamiting.
to blow up, shatter, or destroy with dynamite:
Saboteurs dynamited the dam.
to mine or charge with dynamite.
Informal. creating a spectacular or optimum effect; great; topnotch:
a dynamite idea; a dynamite crew.
Origin of dynamite
1867; < Swedish dynamit, introduced by A. B. Nobel, its inventor; see dyna(m)-, -ite1
Related forms
dynamiter, noun
[dahy-nuh-mit-ik] /ˌdaɪ nəˈmɪt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
dynamitically, adverb
undynamited, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for dynamite
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  • It is said that dynamite must have been used, and that in a very large quantity.

  • He was tackling a delicate job—like juggling a car-load of dynamite.

    The Cruise of the Dry Dock T. S. Stribling
  • None of your dynamite pudding that,—as green as grass and as sour as vinegar.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • His hands had been blown away by a dynamite cartridge while fishing in some lagoon.

    Within the Tides Joseph Conrad
  • The railway will know where to go for dynamite should we get short at any time.

British Dictionary definitions for dynamite


an explosive consisting of nitroglycerine or ammonium nitrate mixed with kieselguhr, sawdust, or wood pulp
(informal) a spectacular or potentially dangerous person or thing
(transitive) to mine or blow up with dynamite
Derived Forms
dynamiter, noun
Word Origin
C19 (coined by Alfred Nobel): from dynamo- + -ite1
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Word Origin and History for dynamite

1867, from Swedish dynamit, coined 1867 by its inventor, Swedish chemist Alfred Nobel (1833-1896), from Greek dynamis "power" (see dynamic (adj.)) + -ite (2). Figurative sense of "something potentially dangerous" is from 1922. Positive sense of "dynamic and excellent" by mid-1960s, perhaps originally Black English.


1881, from dynamite (n.). Related: Dynamited; dynamiting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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dynamite in Science
A powerful explosive used in blasting and mining. It typically consists of nitroglycerin and a nitrate (especially sodium nitrate or ammonium nitrate), combined with an absorbent material that makes it safer to handle.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
Copyright © 2002. Published by Houghton Mifflin. All rights reserved.
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Slang definitions & phrases for dynamite



(also dyno-mite) Excellent; superior; super: ''Dynamite. I knew we'd get along/ DYN-OMITE! The Blammo 12-gauge has a precision-cast hollow-core slug with stabilization tail fins for accuracy at long range


  1. Heroin or cocaine of high quality: a connection who deals in good-quality stuff, ''dynamite'' (1920s+ Narcotics)
  2. Marijuana, esp a marijuana cigarette (1950s+ Narcotics)
  3. Something very disturbing or dangerous; a sensation: Don't talk about it, it's dynamite (1930s+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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