- A class of explosives made from nitroglycerine in an absorbent medium such as kieselguhr, used in mining and blasting; invented by Alfred Nobel in 1867.
- (figuratively) Anything exceptionally dangerous, exciting or wonderful
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia
Dy"na*mite (?), n. [Gr. &?; power. See
Dynamic.] (Chem.) An explosive substance
consisting of nitroglycerin absorbed by some inert, porous solid, as
infusorial earth, sawdust, etc. It is safer than nitroglycerin, being
less liable to explosion from moderate shocks, or from spontaneous
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
Dynamite, a powerful explosive substance, intensely local in its
action; formed by impregnating a porous siliceous earth or other
substance with some 70 per cent. of nitro-glycerine.
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