tri·​ni·​tro·​tol·​u·​ene | \ ˌtrī-ˌnī-trō-ˈtäl-yə-ˌwēn How to pronounce trinitrotoluene (audio) \

Definition of trinitrotoluene

: tnt

Examples of trinitrotoluene in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The patrollers load their packs with explosives — cast boosters of Pentolite, a mix of pentaerythritol tetranitrate and trinitrotoluene, or TNT — and tiptoe into avalanche terrain. Jason Blevins, The Denver Post, "Crested Butte’s skiing soldiers in a snowy crusade to tame avalanche danger," 12 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of trinitrotoluene

circa 1900, in the meaning defined above

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“Trinitrotoluene.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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Medical Definition of trinitrotoluene

: a flammable toxic compound C7H5N3O6 obtained by nitrating toluene and used as a high explosive and in chemical synthesis

called also TNT

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