|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|
|3.||(tr) to mine or blow up with dynamite|
|[C19 (coined by Alfred Nobel): from |
|dynamite (dī'nə-mīt') Pronunciation Key
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.