gelignite
noun Etymology: gelatin + Latin ignis fire + English -ite — more at igneous Date: 1889 a dynamite in which the adsorbent base is largely potassium nitrate or a similar nitrate usually with some wood pulp

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  • Gelignite — Gelignite, also known as blasting gelatin, is an explosive material consisting of collodion cotton (a type of nitrocellulose or gun cotton) dissolved in nitroglycerine and mixed with wood pulp and sodium nitrate or potassium nitrate. Its… …   Wikipedia

  • gelignite — ► NOUN ▪ a high explosive made from a gel of nitroglycerine and nitrocellulose in a base of wood pulp and sodium or potassium nitrate, used particularly for blasting rock. ORIGIN probably from GELATIN(Cf. ↑gelatinous) + Latin lignis wood …   English terms dictionary

  • gelignite — [jel′ig nīt΄, jə lig′nīt΄] n. [ GE(LATIN) + L lign(um), wood + ITE1] a sensitive blasting explosive that is a mixture of nitroglycerin, nitrocellulose, etc.: also called gelatin dynamite …   English World dictionary

  • gelignite — ge·li·gnì·te s.f. TS chim. esplosivo a base di nitroglicerina {{line}} {{/line}} DATA: sec. XX. ETIMO: dall ingl. gelignite, comp. di gel(atine) gelatina e (to) ignite accendere …   Dizionario italiano

  • gelignite — [[t]ʤe̱lɪgnaɪt[/t]] N UNCOUNT Gelignite is a type of explosive …   English dictionary

  • gelignite — /jel ig nuyt /, n. See gelatin dynamite. [GEL(ATIN) + L ign(is) fire + ITE1] * * * …   Universalium

  • gelignite — noun /dʒɛlɪɡ.naɪt/ An explosive mixture of nitroglycerine and nitrate absorbed onto a base of wood pulp …   Wiktionary

  • gelignite — {{hw}}{{gelignite}}{{/hw}}o gelinite s. f. Esplosivo costituito da dinamite gelatinosa …   Enciclopedia di italiano

  • gelignite — gel|ig|nite [ˈdʒelıgnaıt] n [U] [Date: 1800 1900; Origin: gelatin + Latin ignis fire + English ite] a powerful explosive …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • gelignite — gel|ig|nite [ dʒelıg,naıt ] noun uncount a substance used to cause explosions, especially under water …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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