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dynamite

noun dy·na·mite \ ˈdī-nə-ˌmīt \
Updated on: 16 May 2018

Definition of dynamite

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

dynamitic

play \ˌdī-nə-ˈmi-tik\ adjective

Examples of dynamite in a Sentence

  1. The death penalty is political dynamite.

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Origin and Etymology of dynamite

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


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dynamite

verb

Definition of dynamite

dynamited; dynamiting
1 : to blow up with dynamite
2 : to cause the failure or destruction of

dynamiter

noun

Examples of dynamite in a Sentence

  1. They plan to dynamite the old building.

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First Known Use of dynamite

1881

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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dynamite

adjective

Definition of dynamite

: terrific, wonderful
  • a dynamite performance

Examples of dynamite in a Sentence

  1. They put on a dynamite performance.

  2. a summer blockbuster that features some really dynamite special effects

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First Known Use of dynamite

1922

in the meaning defined above

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DYNAMITE Defined for English Language Learners

dynamite

Definition of dynamite for English Language Learners

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

  • : someone or something that may cause arguments or trouble


dynamite

Definition of dynamite for English Language Learners

  • : to blow up (something) using dynamite


dynamite

Definition of dynamite for English Language Learners

  • : exciting and very impressive or pleasing


DYNAMITE Defined for Kids

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dynamite

noun dy·na·mite \ ˈdī-nə-ˌmīt \

Definition of dynamite for Students

: an explosive used in blasting

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dynamite

verb

Definition of dynamite for Students

dynamited; dynamiting
: to blow up with dynamite


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