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infernal machine

a concealed or disguised explosive device intended to destroy life or property.
Origin of infernal machine
First recorded in 1800-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Miller undid the package as cautiously as if it were an infernal machine.

    The Shadow World

    Hamlin Garland
  • Then our Stokes guns joined in, and, if there ever was an infernal machine, that is it.

    The Emma Gees

    Herbert Wes McBride
  • By and by the sounds of the infernal machine began to trouble and pursue me.

    Over the Teacups Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • It was about this time that Fieschi exploded his infernal machine at the King, was it not?

    Edmond Dants Edmund Flagg
  • We thought it contained an infernal machine, and that he might be a German spy.

  • Those coils and jars and wires in that cellar were not an infernal machine at all.

    New Treasure Seekers

    E. (Edith) Nesbit
  • No. 42 is on the site of the house where Fieschis infernal machine was placed in 1835.

    Historic Paris Jetta S. Wolff
  • And here he is, being made to work all night by an infernal machine.

    The Blue Dragon Kirk Munroe
  • He waited to see them sit down, and spring the infernal machine.

    Excuse Me! Rupert Hughes
  • They file and hammer as though they were constructing some infernal machine.

    The Inferno August Strindberg
British Dictionary definitions for infernal machine

infernal machine

(archaic) a usually disguised explosive device or booby trap
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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