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Chemistry. a yellow, crystalline, water-insoluble, flammable solid, C 7 H 5 N 3 O 6 , derived from toluene by nitration, a high explosive unaffected by ordinary friction or shock: used chiefly in military and other explosive devices, and as an intermediate in the preparation of dye-stuffs and photographic chemicals.
Also called trinitrotoluene, trinitrotoluol, methyltrinitrobenzene, trotyl.
Origin of TNT1
First recorded in 1910-15


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  • Yields from 45,000 tons of TNT to zero were selected by the various bettors.

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  • A pound of the stuff would be the equivalent of nearly seven tons of TNT.

    Unwise Child Gordon Randall Garrett
  • What could his thoughts have been, lying tied up on the living room floor waiting for twenty tons of TNT to go off?

    The Double Spy Dan T. Moore
  • The scientists were sure the TNT would explode, but were initially unsure of the plutonium.

    Trinity [Atomic test] Site White Sands Missile Range Public Affairs Office
  • If the chain reaction failed to occur, the TNT would blow the very rare and dangerous plutonium all over the countryside.

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British Dictionary definitions for TNT


2,4,6-trinitrotoluene; a yellow solid: used chiefly as a high explosive and is also an intermediate in the manufacture of dyestuffs. Formula: CH3C6H2(NO2)3
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Word Origin and History for TNT

1915, abbreviation of trinitrotoluene (1908).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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TNT in Science
Short for trinitrotoluene. A yellow, crystalline compound used mainly as an explosive. As it can only explode by means of a detonator and is not affected by shock, it is safe to handle and is used especially in munitions and for demolitions. Chemical formula: C7H5N3O6.
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