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 dynamitic (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

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives says approximately 700 pounds of dynamite and 400 blasting caps were stolen over the weekend from a Gregory General Contracting Company site in the southeastern part of the state. Fox News, "Reward doubled to $20K after 700 pounds of dynamite stolen," 20 Apr. 2018 Tannerite cannot be set off by fire, an electronic fuse, dynamite fuse, or hitting it with a baseball bat. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "What Is Tannerite, the Supposed NYC Bombing Material?," 19 Sep. 2016 In New York, bombers hit Judge Charles C. Nott’s East 61st Street brownstone with 20 pounds of dynamite and blew 70-year-old night watchman William Boehner to pieces. David Pietrusza, WSJ, "Bombs in the Mail Bring Echoes of Anarchism," 2 Nov. 2018 Adding tens of thousands of children would effectively be lobbing dynamite on an already combustible system, says Sutphin. Marcus Harrison Green, The Seattle Times, "Grandparents raising grandkids say they need more help from Washington state," 28 Dec. 2018 Southwest Airlines’ Rapid Rewards This frequent flier program has a lot to offer, including dynamite perks and super-simple earning and redemption structures. Ryan Craggs, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Frequent Flier and Airline Rewards Programs in the U.S.," 27 July 2018 Eventually, consumers caught on, challenging the shadows to recreate peculiar poses and dynamite dance moves. Meredith Bodgas, Woman's Day, "Mall Shoppers See Their Shadows As Disney Characters In Funny Video," 24 Feb. 2015 The Angels have plenty of more exciting things to focus on; Calhoun’s struggle has been perhaps the lone depressing footnote in what’s been a dynamite team story so far. Emma Baccellieri, SI.com, "Angels Outfielder Kole Calhoun Is Having a Historically Awful Start to the Season," 14 May 2018 Photo: courtesy of U.S. Navy Town of Nacozari In the early 1900s, large amounts of dynamite were regularly imported from Arizona to the copper-rich Mexican mining town Nacozari. Brynn Mannino, Woman's Day, "9 Miraculous Rescues," 4 Nov. 2010

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Arthur Powell Davis, head of the Bureau, had been looking for years for a way to turn the Colorado into a hydroelectric energy, including dynamiting the surrounding canyons. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The Hoover Dam Changed America—And It Might Do It Again," 27 July 2018 While cities like Chicago and St. Louis dynamited some of their most troubled projects, New York City held on. Benjamin Weiser, New York Times, "New York City Housing Authority, Accused of Endangering Residents, Agrees to Oversight," 11 June 2018 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

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)

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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