black damp


black damp

noun

Definition of BLACK DAMP

:  a carbon dioxide mixture occurring as a mine gas and incapable of supporting life or flame

First Known Use of BLACK DAMP

1836

black damp

noun \ˈblak-¦damp\

Full Definition of BLACK 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 (gas)
First Known Use: 1736

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black damp

noun    (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of BLACK DAMP

: 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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