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blasting powder

a form of gunpowder made with sodium nitrate instead of saltpeter, used chiefly for blasting rock, ore, etc.
Origin of blasting powder
1865-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Go over to Hodgen's about those tools; he has not sent them yet: and the blasting-powder, too, has not come down.

    Sir Brook Fossbrooke, Volume I. Charles James Lever
  • They went to work on it with pick and shovel, then with drill and blasting-powder.

  • Well, sir, like a flash of blasting-powder this thought came to me.

    The Cottage of Delight Will N. Harben
  • The living, the tools, the blasting-powder, and the help eat it up faster than Orion's salary can grow.

  • Angles and projections remained as the chisel, the pick, and the blasting-powder had left them.

  • I forgot the unhappy accident of the blasting-powder—all the mortifications and disappointments of my life.

    The Blunders of a Bashful Man Metta Victoria Fuller Victor
  • Some time after Felipe's departure, Stephens went to his powder-keg and measured out three charges of blasting-powder.

    Lone Pine R. B. (Richard Baxter) Townshend
  • Indeed, how it was ever executed at all without the aid of blasting-powder or dynamite I cannot to this day imagine.

    She H. Rider Haggard

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