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[mak-suh-mahyt] /ˈmæk səˌmaɪt/
noun, Chemistry.
a powerful explosive consisting primarily of picric acid.
Origin of maximite
1895-1900; named after Hudson Maxim; see -ite1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The next shell contained twenty-three pounds of maximite, and the fuze was timed to go off a little quicker.

    Dynamite Stories Hudson Maxim
  • The projectile contained only twenty-three pounds of maximite.

    Defenseless America Hudson Maxim
  • Twelve-inch projectiles charged with maximite were repeatedly fired through 12-inch armor-plate without exploding.

    Defenseless America Hudson Maxim
  • maximite, first trial of, 201;first explosive successfully fired through armor-plate, 201.

    Defenseless America Hudson Maxim
  • Had it failed this time, and had the maximite charge exploded in the huge shell, we should all have been blown to ribbons.

    Dynamite Stories Hudson Maxim

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