dynamite


1dy·na·mite

noun \ˈdī-nə-ˌmīt\

: a powerful explosive that is often used in the form of a stick

: someone or something that may cause arguments or trouble

Full Definition of DYNAMITE

1
:  an explosive that is made of nitroglycerin absorbed in a porous material and that often contains ammonium nitrate or cellulose nitrate; also :  an explosive (as a mixture of ammonium nitrate and nitrocellulose) that contains no nitroglycerin
2
:  one that has a powerful effect <an actress who's dynamite at the box office>; also :  something that has great potential to cause trouble or conflict <an issue regarded as political dynamite>
dy·na·mit·ic \ˌdī-nə-ˈmi-tik\ adjective

Examples of DYNAMITE

  1. The death penalty is political dynamite.

Origin of DYNAMITE

International Scientific Vocabulary dynam- (from Greek dynamis power) + 1-ite
First Known Use: 1867

Rhymes with DYNAMITE

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2dynamite

transitive verb

: to blow up (something) using dynamite

dynamit·eddynamit·ing

Full Definition of DYNAMITE

1
:  to blow up with dynamite
2
:  to cause the failure or destruction of
dy·na·mit·er noun

Examples of DYNAMITE

  1. They plan to dynamite the old building.

First Known Use of DYNAMITE

1881

3dynamite

adjective

: exciting and very impressive or pleasing

Full Definition of DYNAMITE

:  terrific, wonderful <a dynamite performance>

Examples of DYNAMITE

  1. They put on a dynamite performance.
  2. <a summer blockbuster that features some really dynamite special effects>

First Known Use of DYNAMITE

1922

Related to DYNAMITE

Synonyms
A-OK, A1, awesome, bang-up, banner, beautiful, blue-chip, blue-ribbon, boffo, bonny (also bonnie) [chiefly British], boss [slang], brag, brave, bully, bumper, capital, choice, classic, cool [slang], corking, crackerjack, cracking, dandy, divine, dope [slang], down [slang], excellent, fab, fabulous, famous, fantabulous [slang], fantastic, fine, first-class, first-rate, first-string, five-star, four-star, frontline, gangbusters (also gangbuster), gilt-edged (or gilt-edge), gone [slang], grand, great, groovy, heavenly, high-class, hot, hype [slang], immense, jim-dandy, keen, lovely, marvelous (or marvellous), mean, neat, nifty, noble, number one (also No. 1), numero uno, out-of-sight [slang], par excellence, peachy, peachy keen, phat [slang], prime, primo [slang], prize, prizewinning, quality, radical [slang], righteous [slang], sensational, slick, splendid, stellar, sterling, superb, superior, superlative, supernal, swell, terrific, tip-top, top, top-flight, top-notch, top-of-the-line, topping [chiefly British], top-shelf, unsurpassed, wizard [chiefly British], wonderful
Antonyms
atrocious, awful, execrable, lousy, pathetic, poor, rotten, terrible, vile, wretched

dynamite

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Blasting explosive, patented in 1867 by Alfred P. Nobel. Dynamite is based on nitroglycerin but is much safer to handle than nitroglycerin alone. By mixing the nitroglycerin with kieselguhr, a porous silica-containing earth, in proportions that left an essentially dry and granular material, Nobel produced a solid that was resistant to shock but readily explodable by heat or sudden impact. Later, wood pulp was substituted as the absorbent, and sodium nitrate was added as an oxidizing agent to increase the strength of the explosive.

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