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blasting powder

noun
  1. a form of gunpowder made with sodium nitrate instead of saltpeter, used chiefly for blasting rock, ore, etc.
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Origin of blasting powder

First recorded in 1865–70
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Examples from the Web for blasting powder

Historical Examples

  • They went to work on it with pick and shovel, then with drill and blasting-powder.

    Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete

    Albert Bigelow Paine

  • Well, sir, like a flash of blasting-powder this thought came to me.

  • Angles and projections remained as the chisel, the pick, and the blasting-powder had left them.

  • The living, the tools, the blasting-powder, and the help eat it up faster than Orion's salary can grow.

  • I forgot the unhappy accident of the blasting-powder—all the mortifications and disappointments of my life.

    The Blunders of a Bashful Man

    Metta Victoria Fuller Victor