mercury fulminate
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 as dynamite or TNT. It is sensitive to shock and may be detonated by a blow. [PJC]

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  • 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… …   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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