black damp noun
: a carbon dioxide mixture occurring as a mine gas and incapable of supporting life or flame
First Known Use of BLACK DAMP
black damp noun \ˈblak-¦damp\
: a nonexplosive mine gas that is heavier than air, that consists of a mixture of carbon dioxide and other gases, and that will not support life or flame <Into the chemical vacuum created by the absence of oxygen poured what miners called, with terror, “ ”—a suffocating mixture of nitrogen and carbon dioxide. — Douglas A. Blackmon, Slavery By Another Name, 2008> —called also chokedamp — compare firedamp
Variants of BLACK DAMP
black damp also black·damp \ˈblak-¦damp\
Origin of BLACK DAMP
1black + damp
First Known Use: 1736
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black damp noun (Medical Dictionary)
: a nonexplosive mine gas that is a mixture containing carbon dioxide and is incapable of supporting life or flame—compare firedamp
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