afterdamp

[ af-ter-damp, ahf- ]
/ ˈæf tərˌdæmp, ˈɑf- /

noun

an irrespirable mixture of gases, consisting chiefly of carbon dioxide and nitrogen, left in a mine after an explosion or fire.

Nearby words

  1. afterburning,
  2. aftercare,
  3. aftercast,
  4. afterclap,
  5. aftercooler,
  6. afterdeck,
  7. aftereffect,
  8. afterglow,
  9. aftergrowth,
  10. afterguard

Origin of afterdamp

First recorded in 1855–60; after + damp

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British Dictionary definitions for afterdamp

afterdamp

/ (ˈɑːftəˌdæmp) /

noun

a poisonous mixture of gases containing carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, and nitrogen formed after the explosion of firedamp in coal minesSee also whitedamp
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