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Definition of "roburite" [roburite]

  • A trade-name for an explosive, consisting essentially of ammonium nitrate and chlordinitrobenzene, varied sometimes by the substitution or addition of other ingredients. It is claimed that this material is safer in use than many other explosives, and particularly well adapted to coal-mining and quarrying; but the deliquescent character of ammonium nitrate requires protection from contact with the air. (noun)

The Century Dictionary (Public Domain)

Use "roburite" in a sentence
  • ""roburite" contains chloro-nitro-naphthalene, and romit, a Swedish explosive, nitro-naphthalene."
  • "The charge was 65 grammes of roburite, which brought down a large quantity of coal, not at all too small in size."
  • "This gave no perceptible flame (70 grammes of roburite was the charge in these experiments)."