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dynamite

[ dahy-nuh-mahyt ]
/ 藞da瑟 n蓹藢ma瑟t /
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noun
a high explosive, originally consisting of nitroglycerin mixed with an absorbent substance, now with ammonium nitrate usually replacing the nitroglycerin.
any person or thing having a spectacular effect.
verb (used with object), dy路na路mit路ed, dy路na路mit路ing.
to blow up, shatter, or destroy with dynamite: Saboteurs dynamited the dam.
to mine or charge with dynamite.
adjective
Informal. creating a spectacular or optimum effect; great; topnotch: a dynamite idea; a dynamite crew.
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Origin of dynamite

From Swedish dynamit, introduced by Alfred Bernhard Nobel, its inventor in 1867; see dynam-, -ite1

OTHER WORDS FROM dynamite

dy路na路mit路er, noundy路na路mit路ic [dahy-nuh-mit-ik], /藢da瑟 n蓹藞m瑟t 瑟k/, adjectivedy路na路mit路i路cal路ly, adverbun路dy路na路mit路ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for dynamite

dynamite
/ (藞da瑟n蓹藢ma瑟t) /

noun
an explosive consisting of nitroglycerine or ammonium nitrate mixed with kieselguhr, sawdust, or wood pulp
informal a spectacular or potentially dangerous person or thing
verb
(tr) to mine or blow up with dynamite

Derived forms of dynamite

dynamiter, noun

Word Origin for dynamite

C19 (coined by Alfred Nobel): from dynamo- + -ite 1
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Scientific definitions for dynamite

dynamite
[ d墨n蓹-m墨t鈥 ]

A powerful explosive used in blasting and mining. It typically consists of nitroglycerin and a nitrate (especially sodium nitrate or ammonium nitrate), combined with an absorbent material that makes it safer to handle.
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