Origin of gelignite

gel(atin) + Latin ign(is) fire + -ite1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for gelignite

nitroglycerin, TNT, gelignite, trinitrotoluene

Examples from the Web for gelignite

Contemporary Examples of gelignite

Historical Examples of gelignite

  • A time came when the gun-cotton and gelignite got scarce, and a powder explosive called ammonal had to be used.

  • The manner of the damage was not quite what one would have expected from gelignite, or some equally powerful preparation.

    Christopher Quarles

    Percy James Brebner

  • "But I was not aware that we had any gelignite or giant powder in our possession," I interrupted.

    In Search of El Dorado

    Alexander MacDonald

British Dictionary definitions for gelignite



a type of dynamite in which the nitrogelatine is absorbed in a base of wood pulp and potassium or sodium nitrateAlso called (informal): gelly (ˈdʒɛlɪ)

Word Origin for gelignite

C19: from gel (atine) + Latin ignis fire + -ite 1
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