infernal machine


a concealed or disguised explosive device intended to destroy life or property.

Origin of infernal machine

First recorded in 1800–10 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for infernal machine

Historical Examples of infernal machine

  • Suddenly, as he crossed the threshold, he remembered the infernal-machine.

    Witch Winnie

    Elizabeth W. Champney

British Dictionary definitions for infernal machine

infernal machine


archaic a usually disguised explosive device or booby trap
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