afterblow

noun
af·ter·blow | \ ˈaf-tər-ˌblō \

Definition of afterblow 

: the continuation of the blow after the complete oxidation of the carbon in the Bessemer process in order to oxidize and separate the phosphorus

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First Known Use of afterblow

1879, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for afterblow

after- + blow entry 2

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