Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The irrespirable gas left in a coal-mine after an explosion of fire-damp (which see). It consists chiefly of carbonic-acid gas and nitrogen.
“The horrible, sickening after-damp was tearing my heart up through my dry throat.”
“I had re-ascended to a higher level, I nearly fainted before I could retire from the commencement of a region of after-damp, where there had been an explosion, the bodies lying all hairless, devastated, and grotesque.”
“The bombardment slackens, and ends in a cloud of smoke that still echoes the crashes, in a quivering and burning after-damp.”
“There was choking after-damp below, noxious vapors, to breathe which was to die; there was the chance of crushing masses falling from the shaken galleries -- and yet these men left their companions one by one and ranged themselves, without saying a word, at the Curate's side.”
“There was choking after-damp below, deadly noxious vapours, to breathe which was to die; there was the chance of crushing masses falling from the shaken galleries – and yet these men left their companions one by one and ranged themselves, without saying a word, at the curate's side.”
“The match struck or the opened lamp set fire to the gas, when there was an awful explosion, and after that the terrible dangers of the after-damp, that fearful foul air which no man could breathe for long and live.”
“The blast did not reach the shaft as in the former case; the unfortunate persons in the pit having been suffocated by the after-damp.”
“This danger proceeds from fire-damp, as one unlucky stroke of the pick may bring forth a stream of carbureted hydrogen gas, inexplosive of itself, but if mixed with eight times its bulk of air, more dangerous than gunpowder, and which, if by chance it comes in contact with the flame of a candle, is sure to explode, and certain death is the result -- not always from the explosion itself, but from the after-damp or carbonic acid gas which follows it.”
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