noun Chemistry.

a powerful explosive consisting primarily of picric acid.

Origin of maximite

1895–1900; named after Hudson Maxim; see -ite1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for maximite

Historical Examples of maximite

  • The projectile contained only twenty-three pounds of Maximite.

  • Twelve-inch projectiles charged with Maximite were repeatedly fired through 12-inch armor-plate without exploding.

  • Maximite, first trial of, 201;first explosive successfully fired through armor-plate, 201.

  • The next shell contained twenty-three pounds of Maximite, and the fuze was timed to go off a little quicker.

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  • Had it failed this time, and had the Maximite charge exploded in the huge shell, we should all have been blown to ribbons.

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