mercury fulminate
fulminate of mercury ful"mi*nate of mer"cu*ry, n. (Chem.) The mercury salt of fulminic acid ({Hg(CNO)2}), called also {mercury fulminate}. It is prepared as gray crystals, and is used primarily in detonators for detonating high explosives, such as dynamite or TNT. [PJC]

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  • mercury fulminate — mer cu*ry ful mi*nate, n. (Chem.) The mercury salt of fulminic acid ({Hg(CNO)2}), called also {fulminate of mercury}. It is an explosive compound prepared as gray crystals, and is used primarily in detonators for detonating high explosives, such… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • mercury fulminate — noun a fulminate that when dry explodes violently if struck or heated; used in detonators and blasting caps and percussion caps • Syn: ↑fulminate of mercury, ↑fulminating mercury • Hypernyms: ↑fulminate • Part Holonyms: ↑blasting cap, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • mercury fulminate — Chem. a gray, crystalline solid, Hg(CNO)2, used chiefly in the manufacture of commercial and military detonators. Also called fulminate of mercury. [1900 05] * * * …   Universalium

  • mercury fulminate — /mɜkjəri ˈfʊlməneɪt/ (say merkyuhree foolmuhnayt) noun the mercury salt of fulminic acid, Hg(ONC)2, which explodes as a result of very slight friction or shock when dry, used as a detonator; mercuric cyanate …   Australian English dictionary

  • mercury fulminate — chemical compound used in detonators …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Mercury(II) fulminate — Mercury(II) fulminate …   Wikipedia

  • Fulminate de mercure — Général Nom IUPAC Fulminate de mercure No CAS …   Wikipédia en Français

  • fulminate of mercury — ful mi*nate of mer cu*ry, n. (Chem.) The mercury salt of fulminic acid ({Hg(CNO)2}), called also {mercury fulminate}. It is prepared as gray crystals, and is used primarily in detonators for detonating high explosives, such as dynamite or TNT.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fulminate of mercury — mercury fulminate mer cu*ry ful mi*nate, n. (Chem.) The mercury salt of fulminic acid ({Hg(CNO)2}), called also {fulminate of mercury}. It is an explosive compound prepared as gray crystals, and is used primarily in detonators for detonating high …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Fulminate — Fulminates are chemical compounds which include the fulminate ion. The fulminate ion is a pseudohalic ion, acting like a halogen with its charge and reactivity. Due to the instability of the ion, they are friction sensitive explosives. The best… …   Wikipedia

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