dynamite

noun
dy·​na·​mite | \ ˈdī-nə-ˌmīt How to pronounce dynamite (audio) \

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 How to pronounce dynamite (audio) \ 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 Convict Paul Orgeron explodes a suitcase of dynamite on a school playground, killing himself, two adults and three children. Cnn Editorial Research, CNN, "US School Violence Fast Facts," 25 Apr. 2021 As a film, Eurovision is an excellent Rachel McAdams comedy vehicle fused with an okay Will Ferrell comedy vehicle that makes great use of the deeply particular Eurovision milieu and features a dynamite Dan Stevens supporting turn. Joe Reid, Vulture, "Every 2021 Oscar-Nominated Movie, Ranked," 21 Apr. 2021 Having Harry in country at last, for the first time since the March 9 Oprah broadcast, might now best be compared to hauling an unsteady detonator cap into a roomful of sweating dynamite. Guy Martin, Forbes, "The Battle Lines At Philip’s Funeral Take Shape: Prince Harry, Now In Windsor, And Prince William Post Tributes To Their Grandfather," 12 Apr. 2021 The cast boasted such dynamite stars as Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, Keegan-Michael Key, Kerry Washington, James Corden and Andrew Rannells. oregonlive, "Winter TV winners (Oprah’s Meghan and Harry interview) and losers (Chris Harrison and ‘The Bachelor’)," 10 Mar. 2021 President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo said the blasts were caused by negligence involving dynamite at a military base. Joe Parkinson, WSJ, "Blasts in Equatorial Guinea’s Economic Capital Kill at Least 20, Wound Hundreds," 7 Mar. 2021 Sticks of dynamite packed with a timer had been planted under a bench in the corridor. Washington Post, "How terrorists became the unspoken architects of the Capitol," 22 Feb. 2021 Weaver was playing with dynamite in one hand, and a match in the other. Roxanne Roberts, Anchorage Daily News, "The fall of John Weaver, a Lincoln Project co-founder whose political career was shrouded in mystery," 13 Feb. 2021 The dynamite and pipe bombs were supplied by the FBI and could not have exploded, officials said. NBC News, "Neo-Nazi who planned to blow up synagogue sentenced to 19 years," 27 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The Taglieris, who work in IT and finance, are used to hearing dynamite detonations at least once a month at the plant, the couple said. Washington Post, "A huge explosion cracked house foundations in New Hampshire. An ‘extreme’ gender reveal party was to blame.," 23 Apr. 2021 Personne may have found a way to dynamite this argument for much of the art NFT market. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "Increasing the Capital-Gains Tax — Penalizing Initiative, Enterprise, and Not Just ‘the Rich’," 23 Apr. 2021 Hotel Transylvania 2, the best of the series so far, opened with $48.5 million in September of 2015, alongside Anne Hathaway and Robert De Niro’s dynamite The Intern. Scott Mendelson, Forbes, "Box Office: How ‘Hotel Transylvania’ Became One Of Hollywood’s Leggiest Franchises," 9 Apr. 2021 Both Kilpatrick and Hobek were discovered to be carrying explosives, dynamite and nitroglycerine, for the safe. Paula Allen, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio man hailed as hero after he stops last full-sized train robbery in Texas in 1912," 17 Apr. 2021 The restaurant will take up 1,871 square feet and offer P.F. Chang’s menu items such as lettuce wraps and dynamite shrimp, according to a news release. Austin Fuller, orlandosentinel.com, "Orlando’s Lake Nona neighborhood gets a P.F. Chang’s To Go," 6 Apr. 2021 And dynamite options like wasabi rocket and basil Genovese are already proving to be customer favorites. Joanne Shurvell, Forbes, "New London Vertical Farm Offers Eco-Friendly Greens Picked And Delivered Within 24 Hours," 18 Mar. 2021 The 63rd annual Grammy Awards brought a dash of watermelon sugar, dynamite, lots of colors, plenty of rockstars, and more. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Which 2021 Grammy Awards Performance Was Your Favorite? Vote!," 15 Mar. 2021 Why is dynamite being kept in the middle of the largest city in the country and in the barracks where the army and their family live? Stephanie Busari, CNN, "Equatorial Guinea explosion witness says dynamite blast devastation akin to aftermath of 'an atomic bomb'," 9 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Rustic Restaurant in Rocky River and Place to Be in Lakewood are dynamite. cleveland, "Comedian Mary Santora shares favorite dining choices in Cleveland: Five for Friday," 18 Mar. 2021 Pieper has a dynamite personality, a creative mind, a master’s degree in marketing and a wonderful family who has supported all her endeavors. oregonlive, "‘The Bachelor’ 2021: How to watch Episode 1, Season 25 online without cable," 4 Jan. 2021 The reclusive government blamed the explosions on fires set by farmers living near the military base and the negligent handling of dynamite stocks by the military unit guarding them. Reuters, CNN, "Satellite and drone images show extent of damage from Equatorial Guinea blast," 11 Mar. 2021 Pieper has a dynamite personality, a creative mind, a master’s degree in marketing and a wonderful family who has supported all her endeavors. oregonlive, "‘The Bachelor’ 2021: How to watch Episode 1, Season 25 online without cable," 4 Jan. 2021 Pieper has a dynamite personality, a creative mind, a master’s degree in marketing and a wonderful family who has supported all her endeavors. oregonlive, "‘The Bachelor’ 2021: How to watch Episode 1, Season 25 online without cable," 4 Jan. 2021 Pieper has a dynamite personality, a creative mind, a master’s degree in marketing and a wonderful family who has supported all her endeavors. oregonlive, "‘The Bachelor’ 2021: How to watch Episode 1, Season 25 online without cable," 4 Jan. 2021 Pieper has a dynamite personality, a creative mind, a master’s degree in marketing and a wonderful family who has supported all her endeavors. oregonlive, "‘The Bachelor’ 2021: How to watch Episode 1, Season 25 online without cable," 4 Jan. 2021 If need be, the former caretaker has a dynamite license. Brent Underwood, Popular Mechanics, "I Bought a Ghost Town," 13 Dec. 2020

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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

Greek dýnamis "power, strength" + -ite entry 1 — more at dynamic entry 1

Note: Though the principal figure in the development of dynamite, Alfred nobel, was Swedish, the earliest patent for the substance (May, 1867) was filed in the United Kingdom, so the word was effectively first introduced in English rather than in Swedish or German.

Verb

derivative of dynamite entry 1

Adjective

from attributive use of dynamite entry 1

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Time Traveler for dynamite

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The first known use of dynamite was in 1867

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4 May 2021

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“Dynamite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dynamite. Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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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)

informal : exciting and very impressive or pleasing

dynamite

noun
dy·​na·​mite | \ ˈdī-nə-ˌmīt How to pronounce dynamite (audio) \

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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