black damp


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

1736, in the meaning defined above

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“Black damp.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 14 December 2019.

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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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