dynamite

noun
dy·na·mite | \ ˈdī-nə-ˌmīt \

Definition of dynamite 

(Entry 1 of 3)

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 (such 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

dynamite

verb
dynamited; dynamiting

Definition of dynamite (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to blow up with dynamite

2 : to cause the failure or destruction of

dynamite

adjective

Definition of dynamite (Entry 3 of 3)

: terrific, wonderful a dynamite performance

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Other words from dynamite

Noun

dynamitic \ˌdī-nə-ˈmi-tik \ adjective

Verb

dynamiter noun

Examples of dynamite in a Sentence

Noun

The death penalty is political dynamite.

Verb

They plan to dynamite the old building.

Adjective

They put on a dynamite performance. a summer blockbuster that features some really dynamite special effects
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Then there are the reminders that The Villa was built a hundred years ago: the reptile holding tank, a reinforced-door dynamite shack, an outdoor oven. S.m. Chavey, San Antonio Express-News, "West Texas ghost town hits the market," 5 July 2018 Of all the significant awards that could be conferred on Roth during his multilauded decades, only the Swedish dynamite inventor’s eluded him. Cynthia Ozick, WSJ, "Appreciation: Philip Roth," 25 May 2018 More than 350 pounds of dynamite stolen from a work site in Lancaster County, Pa., last weekend has been recovered, authorities said. Stephen Sorace, Fox News, "Much of dynamite stolen from Pennsylvania construction site is recovered, ATF says," 21 Apr. 2018 George Wright opened in 1936 amid great fanfare, a Ross design that required 60,000 pounds of dynamite, the US Army Corps of Engineers, and $1 million in funding. Ben Volin, BostonGlobe.com, "Restoration has made George Wright and Franklin Park golfing jewels," 3 July 2018 Since an infamous incident in Oregon in 1970, managers have wisely opted not to blow up dead whales with dynamite. National Geographic, "This Man Has Helped Give 460 Dead Whales a Second Life—As Art," 9 Apr. 2018 For the readers of the future, the books will always be there like sticks of dynamite, ready to blow up complacency and moralism. Adam Kirsch, The Atlantic, "Remembering Philip Roth, a Giant of American Literature," 23 May 2018 When 500 pounds of dynamite detonated early Sunday morning in Kansas City, the explosions obliterated a once-posh hotel — and with it, a piece of Kansas City organized crime history. Ian Cummings, Robert A. Cronkleton And Matt Campbell, kansascity, "Demolished hotel played part in Kansas City mob history, 1970s Las Vegas casino case," 24 June 2018 Would-be robbers tried to get into an ATM in Kensington using a quarter-stick of dynamite to blow up the front and it was all caught on video. Tauhid Chappell, Philly.com, "Some children separated at border are in Pa., police killings strain entire black communities June 22 | Morning Newsletter," 22 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

After thousands of miles of tunnels were dynamited and drilled, a giant open pit copper mine was dug near the headwaters of the creek. New York Times, "Let the Stream Run Through It," 25 June 2018 William Stephens may be best known — to the extent he’s remembered at all — for being California governor in 1917 when anarchists dynamited the governor’s mansion in Sacramento, blowing a small hole in a basement wall. Javier Panzar, latimes.com, "Gov. Brown appoints Democratic activist Alice T. Germond to head California's campaign watchdog panel," 22 June 2018 The target was an ATM machine dynamited by an unidentified man and a woman, CBS Philadelphia reports. Thomas Leavy, CBS News, "Dynamite used in attempted robbery of an ATM in Philadelphia," 21 June 2018 All gone now, bulldozed and dynamited, replaced by Le Corbusier’s monumental modernist vision of concrete, steel, and glass. Darran Anderson, The Atlantic, "The Cities That Never Existed," 17 June 2018 The Bone Wars, as the conflict was called, reached their nadir when Marsh had a fossil field dynamited to keep Cope from exploring it; to gain an edge, in other words, Marsh destroyed knowledge. Dennis Drabelle, chicagotribune.com, "Illinois-native's book on fantastic beasts and those who find them," 5 June 2018 Charney spends some time on Islamic State’s obliteration in Iraq of Nimrud, a 3,500-year-old Assyrian city, and mentions the monumental, 1,700-year-old statues of Buddha that the Taliban dynamited at Bamiyan, Afghanistan, in 2001. Bloomberg.com, "Has the Best Art in the World Been Destroyed?," 2 May 2018 The mine opening itself has been dynamited shut, but the immense wooden structures still stick out from the mountainside. Nathaniel Wilder, Smithsonian, "A Daring Journey Into the Big Unknown of America’s Largest National Park," 18 Apr. 2018 Harden hits Johnson with one of his cruelest tricks—crossover, then step-back three—and Johnson just crumbles to the floor, like a building being dynamited. Devin Gordon, GQ, "James Harden Isn't Playing Around," 12 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Pickerington Central was dynamite both offensively and defensively. Adam Baum, Cincinnati.com, "Mason falls to top-ranked Pickerington Central in OHSAA state basketball semifinal," 16 Mar. 2018 Tiny Dynamite’s intense, disturbing, and absorbing new drama Perfect Blue, now through July 23 at Christ Church Neighborhood House in Old City, opens at the beginning of the Sixth Great Extinction. Tirdad Derakhshani, Philly.com, "Explosive ideas, real passion: Eco-drama 'Perfect Blue' is perfect theater," 17 July 2017 Could there really be dynamite dim sum without the DMV-style take-a-number system? Michael Russell | The Oregonian/oregonlive, OregonLive.com, "Portland's 10 most underrated brunches," 10 May 2017

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First Known Use of dynamite

Noun

1867, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1881, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1922, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dynamite

Noun

International Scientific Vocabulary dynam- (from Greek dynamis power) + -ite entry 1

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The first known use of dynamite was in 1867

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More Definitions for dynamite

dynamite

noun

English Language Learners Definition of dynamite

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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

: someone or something that may cause arguments or trouble

dynamite

verb

English Language Learners Definition of dynamite (Entry 2 of 3)

: to blow up (something) using dynamite

dynamite

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of dynamite (Entry 3 of 3)

: exciting and very impressive or pleasing

dynamite

noun
dy·na·mite | \ ˈdī-nə-ˌmīt \

Kids Definition of dynamite

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an explosive used in blasting

dynamite

verb
dynamited; dynamiting

Kids Definition of dynamite (Entry 2 of 2)

: to blow up with dynamite

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