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Chemistry. a yellow, crystalline, water-insoluble, flammable solid, C7H5N3O6, derived from toluene by nitration, a high explosive unaffected by ordinary friction or shock: used chiefly in military and other explosive devices, and as an intermediate in the preparation of dye-stuffs and photographic chemicals.

Origin of TNT

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First recorded in 1910–15
Also called trinitrotoluene, trinitrotoluol, methyltrinitrobenzene, trotyl.

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2,4,6-trinitrotoluene; a yellow solid: used chiefly as a high explosive and is also an intermediate in the manufacture of dyestuffs. Formula: CH 3 C 6 H 2 (NO 2) 3
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Word Origin and History for tnt

TNT


1915, abbreviation of trinitrotoluene (1908).

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Science definitions for tnt

TNT

[ tē′ĕn-tē ]

Short for trinitrotoluene. A yellow, crystalline compound used mainly as an explosive. As it can only explode by means of a detonator and is not affected by shock, it is safe to handle and is used especially in munitions and for demolitions. Chemical formula: C7H5N3O6.
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