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

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 Stores sell everything from cookies and cans of tuna to metal detectors and dynamite. Joe Parkinson, WSJ, "Thousands Flock to Remote, Lawless Sahara in Search of Gold," 16 Oct. 2018 His wife, Teresa, tore away the wrapping paper to discover inside a stick of dynamite and a letter in Italian demanding that tribute be paid, under threat of death, to La Mano Nera—the Black Hand. Peter Duffy, WSJ, "‘Inspector Oldfield and the Black Hand Society’ Review: The Mafia and the Mail," 20 Aug. 2018 The Hunters never used dynamite, according to Banwell, preferring to find an existing spot to tuck a house into a hollow or along a rocky ridge. Alexandra Lange, Curbed, "Meet the Hunters, Vermont’s modernist-house pioneers," 9 Aug. 2018 Chemistry had its first reckoning with dynamite; horror at its consequences led its inventor, Alfred Nobel, to give his fortune to the prize that bears his name. Yonatan Zunger, BostonGlobe.com, "Computer science faces an ethics crisis. The Cambridge Analytica scandal proves it.," 22 Mar. 2018 Railroad workers painstakingly carved those tunnels into the limestone hills using dynamite and hand tools in the 1870s. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "3 old railroad tunnels help make the Elroy-Sparta Trail one of the state's most popular," 21 June 2018 The thieves got away with millions of naira in local currency after using dynamite to blow up a vault in one bank. Bukola Adebayo, CNN, "Police: Nigeria's Senate president linked to heist that killed 33 people," 4 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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)

: 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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