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

Joining the cast as Celeste’s (Nicole Kidman) mother-in-law Mary Louise, Streep was unsurprisingly a dynamite addition from the jump. Derek Lawrence, EW.com, "Meryl Streep just screamed her way to an Emmy in the Big Little Lies season 2 premiere," 10 June 2019 The Dutch are the reigning European champions, and have a dynamite attacking quartet in Shanice van de Sanden, Daniëlle van de Donk, Vivianne Miedema and Lieke Martens. Jonathan Tannenwald, https://www.inquirer.com, "Women’s World Cup 2019: Top games to watch in the group stage," 6 June 2019 The word wilderness will slip out, and dynamite, sand in the crankcase, slow elk, naked swimming mixed with William Blake and have a beer, bub. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "The Red Caddy," 24 Apr. 2018 If there’s some kind of magic formula to his oeuvre — Jim Carrey plus whimsy plus vulnerability equals emotional dynamite — then the new Showtime series Kidding has perfected it. Karen Han, Vox, "Jim Carrey returns to TV on Showtime’s Kidding. It’s a messy triumph.," 8 Sep. 2018 The school was intentionally blown up with dynamite, causing multiple deaths. Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, "There is a national Memorial to Fallen Educators and it is about to add 10 new names," 19 June 2018 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

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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Time Traveler for dynamite

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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