Dynamite meaning

dīnə-mīt
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.

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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.
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Dynamite is defined as a chemical explosive in stick form.

An example of dynamite is what is used to blow up and demolish buildings.

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Outstanding; superb.

A dynamite performance; a dynamite outfit.

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Anything potentially dangerous.
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Outstanding; very exciting, effective, etc.
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To blow up, shatter, or otherwise destroy with dynamite.
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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.
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(figuratively) Anything exceptionally dangerous, exciting or wonderful.
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To blow up with dynamite or other high explosive.
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A powerful explosive made by soaking nitroglycerin into some absorbent, such as ammonium nitrate and wood pulp.
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To blow up or destroy with dynamite.
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A class of explosives made from nitroglycerine in an absorbent medium such as kieselguhr, used in mining and blasting; invented by Alfred Nobel in 1867.
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Origin of dynamite

  • Swedish dynamit from Greek dunamis power dynamic

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Coined by Nobel, the inventor. Ultimately from Ancient Greek δύναμις (dunamis, “power”) +‎ -ite, possibly under the influence of dynamo or dynamic.

    From Wiktionary