- 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 TNT1
First recorded in 1910–15
- Turner Network Television: a cable television channel.
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Examples from the Web for tnt
It was later revived on TNT for four more seasons before the network announced its cancellation on May 10, 2013.Ben McKenzie’s Journey From Reluctant Teen Idol on ‘The O.C.’ to Sheriff of ‘Gotham’
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May 11, 2014
Weisberg: I was sitting in my hotel in Los Angeles and I was working on a show called Falling Skies on TNT.‘The Americans’ Showrunners Dissect the Secrets of Season 2
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TNT stepped in to save the show, and that decision, at least creatively, has paid off.‘Southland’: Television’s Most Underrated Drama
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“We are going to need a lot of TNT of dynamite,” Nafis said, according to the complaint.Undercover Muslim Agents: Mission Accomplished
October 19, 2012
Yields from 45,000 tons of TNT to zero were selected by the various bettors.Trinity [Atomic Test] Site
The National Atomic Museum
A pound of the stuff would be the equivalent of nearly seven tons of TNT.Unwise Child
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What could his thoughts have been, lying tied up on the living room floor waiting for twenty tons of TNT to go off?The Double Spy
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The scientists were sure the TNT would explode, but were initially unsure of the plutonium.
They stacked 100 tons of TNT onto a 20-foot wooden platform just southeast of ground zero.
- 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
Word Origin and History for tnt
1915, abbreviation of trinitrotoluene (1908).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- 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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