Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An explosive manufactured from a variety of materials, including nitroglycerine, wood meal and nitrates.
  • n. A naturally occurring carbonaceous material formed from coal, natural coke.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An explosive consisting essentially of nitroglycerin, wood meal, and some nitrate, as that of sodium.
  • n. An explosive composed of nitrobenzene, saltpeter, sulphur, and kieselguhr.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A trade-name of an explosive for use in blasting, consisting of nitroglycerin, sodium nitrate, wood-meal, and a little sodium carbonate.
  • n. Same as native *coke.

Etymologies

From carbon +‎ -ite. (Wiktionary)

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  • also a fictitious substance used to "freeze" the character Han Solo in a state of suspended animation, in the 1980 film Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back; see the flickr content.

    September 3, 2013