Dynamite



[dahy-nuh-mahyt] /ˈdaɪ nəˌmaɪt/

noun
1.
a high explosive, originally consisting of nitroglycerin mixed with an absorbent substance, now with ammonium nitrate usually replacing the nitroglycerin.
2.
any person or thing having a spectacular effect.
verb (used with object), dynamited, dynamiting.
3.
to blow up, shatter, or destroy with dynamite:
Saboteurs dynamited the dam.
4.
to mine or charge with dynamite.
adjective
5.
Informal. creating a spectacular or optimum effect; great; topnotch:
a dynamite idea; a dynamite crew.
/ˈdaɪnəˌmaɪt/
noun
1.
an explosive consisting of nitroglycerine or ammonium nitrate mixed with kieselguhr, sawdust, or wood pulp
2.
(informal) a spectacular or potentially dangerous person or thing
verb
3.
(transitive) to mine or blow up with dynamite
n.

1867, from Swedish dynamit, coined 1867 by its inventor, Swedish chemist Alfred Nobel (1833-1896), from Greek dynamis “power” (see dynamic (adj.)) + -ite (2). Figurative sense of “something potentially dangerous” is from 1922. Positive sense of “dynamic and excellent” by mid-1960s, perhaps originally Black English.
v.

1881, from dynamite (n.). Related: Dynamited; dynamiting.
dynamite
(dī’nə-mīt’)
A powerful explosive used in blasting and mining. It typically consists of nitroglycerin and a nitrate (especially sodium nitrate or ammonium nitrate), combined with an absorbent material that makes it safer to handle.

adjective

(also dyno-mite) Excellent; superior; super: ”Dynamite. I knew we’d get along/ DYN-OMITE! The Blammo 12-gauge has a precision-cast hollow-core slug with stabilization tail fins for accuracy at long range

noun

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