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Definition of "dynamite" []

  • Any of a class of powerful explosives composed of nitroglycerin or ammonium nitrate dispersed in an absorbent medium with a combustible dope, such as wood pulp, and an antacid, such as calcium carbonate, used in blasting and mining. (noun)
  • Slang Something exceptionally exciting or wonderful. (noun)
  • Slang Something exceptionally dangerous: These allegations are political dynamite. (noun)
  • To blow up, shatter, or otherwise destroy with or as if with dynamite. (verb-transitive)
  • To charge with dynamite. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "dynamite" in a sentence
  • "If Dilara spoke Kurdish, she’d be seeing the word dynamite on the side."
  • "Prior to that, he had done ten years at Leavenworth for stealing dynamite from a mining company and selling it to the American Indian Movement."
  • "Captain of the Yard, believes to this day that the dynamite is somewhere in the prison."