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giant powder

dynamite composed of nitroglycerin and kieselguhr.
Origin of giant powder
An Americanism dating back to 1870-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • It was a pretty sight, after this anecdote, to see us sweeping out the giant powder.

  • I must know when we'll get those drills and the giant powder before I sleep.

    A Damaged Reputation Harold Bindloss
  • "But I was not aware that we had any gelignite or giant powder in our possession," I interrupted.

    In Search of El Dorado Alexander MacDonald
  • And men with axes and crowbars and giant powder were set to their tasks.

    Under Handicap Jackson Gregory
  • They would then burst open the great moneyed institutions and blow up the safes with giant powder and Hecla powder.

    Caesar's Column Ignatius Donnelly
  • The detonation of the twelve full sticks of giant powder was terrific.

    The Rules of the Game Stewart Edward White
  • Thought maybe they were going to do some blasting, and Dallas had been hired to run through a load of giant powder.

  • So's giant powder, but it's peculiar because it will only burn unless you fire it with something that makes a bang.

  • Well, we exploded a bit of giant powder in the midst of a shoal, and that is the shameful truth of it.

    Saddle and Mocassin Francis Francis Jr.
  • All the day, the night and the next day the sullen roar of the giant powder shook the ice-jams.

    Held for Orders Frank H. Spearman
British Dictionary definitions for giant powder

giant powder

dynamite composed of trinitroglycerine absorbed in kieselguhr
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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