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afterdamp

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

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

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Origin of afterdamp

First recorded in 1855–60; after + damp
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  • You know, it is a product of combustion, and is very deadly—it is the much-dreaded white damp or afterdamp of a mine explosion.

    The Silent Bullet|Arthur B. Reeve

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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