- The definition of dynamite is a slang term for something outstanding or very dangerous.
- An example of dynamite is a student bringing home a report card with all A grades.
- An example of dynamite is a book getting a terrible review in the New York Times.
- Dynamite is defined as a chemical explosive in stick form.
An example of dynamite is what is used to blow up and demolish buildings.
Sticks of dynamite.
- a powerful explosive made by soaking nitroglycerin into some absorbent, such as ammonium nitrate and wood pulp
- Informal anything potentially dangerous
Origin of dynamitecoined (1866 or 1867) by Alfred Bernhard Nobel ; from Classical Greek dynamis: see dynamic
- 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.
- Slang a. Something exceptionally exciting or wonderful.b. Something exceptionally dangerous: These allegations are political dynamite.
transitive verbdy·na·mit·ed, dy·na·mit·ing, dy·na·mites
Origin of dynamiteSwedish dynamit, from Greek dunamis, power; see dynamic.
(third-person singular simple present dynamites, present participle dynamiting, simple past and past participle dynamited)
- To blow up with dynamite or other high explosive.