Gelignite definition

jĕlĭg-nīt
An explosive mixture composed of nitroglycerine, guncotton, wood pulp, and potassium nitrate.
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A sensitive blasting explosive that is a mixture of nitroglycerin, nitrocellulose, etc.
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An explosive mixture of nitroglycerine and nitrate absorbed onto a base of wood pulp.
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Origin of gelignite

  • gel(atin) Latin ignis fire –ite

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