black damp
noun Date: 1836 a carbon dioxide mixture occurring as a mine gas and incapable of supporting life or flame

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  • black damp — n a nonexplosive mine gas that is a mixture containing carbon dioxide and is incapable of supporting life or flame compare FIREDAMP * * * choke damp a nonrespirable atmosphere sometimes formed in a mine by the gradual absorption of the oxygen and …   Medical dictionary

  • black|damp — «BLAK DAMP», noun. = chokedamp. (Cf. ↑chokedamp) …   Useful english dictionary

  • black damp — noun Air in a mine in which the oxygen has been displaced by carbon dioxide • • • Main Entry: ↑black …   Useful english dictionary

  • black damp — A noxious gas encountered in coal mines, commonly known as carbonic acid gas, or dead air, with the properties of oxygen exhausted, and causing suffocation by excluding oxygen from the lungs. Jellico Coal Mining Co. v Walls, 160 Ky 730, 732, 170… …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • Damp (mining) — Historically, gases (other than breathable air) in coal mines in Britain were collectively known as damps . This comes from the Middle Low German word dampf (meaning vapour ), and was in use by 1480 [1]. Damps included: After damp, a mixture of… …   Wikipedia

  • Black — adj., n., & v. adj. 1 very dark, having no colour from the absorption of all or nearly all incident light (like coal or soot). 2 completely dark from the absence of a source of light (black night). 3 (Black) a of the human group having dark… …   Useful english dictionary

  • black — adj., n., & v. adj. 1 very dark, having no colour from the absorption of all or nearly all incident light (like coal or soot). 2 completely dark from the absence of a source of light (black night). 3 (Black) a of the human group having dark… …   Useful english dictionary

  • damp — I. noun Etymology: Middle English, black damp, from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German, vapor; akin to Old High German damph vapor Date: 14th century 1. a noxious gas compare black damp, firedamp 2. moisture: a. humidity, dampness b. archaic fog,… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • damp — 1. Humid; moist. 2. Atmospheric moisture. 3. Foul air in a mine; air charged with carbon oxides (black or choke d.) or with various explosive hydrocarbon vapors (firedamp). * * * deoxyadenosine monophosphate; deoxyadenylate adenosine… …   Medical dictionary

  • dAMP — Abbreviation for deoxyadenylic acid. * * * deoxyadenosine monophosphate; deoxyadenylate adenosine monophosphate * * * damp damp n a noxious or stifling gas or vapor esp one occurring in coal mines usu. used in pl. see BLACK DAMP, FIREDAMP * * * n …   Medical dictionary

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