gel·​ig·​nite ˈje-lig-ˌnīt How to pronounce gelignite (audio)
: a dynamite in which the adsorbent base is largely potassium nitrate or a similar nitrate usually with some wood pulp

Examples of gelignite in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As our special report on migration this week notes, in most rich countries immigration is political gelignite. The Economist, 15 Nov. 2019

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Word History


gelatin + Latin ignis fire + English -ite — more at igneous

First Known Use

1889, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gelignite was in 1889

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“Gelignite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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