from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A thick, pale yellow liquid, C3H5N3O9, that is explosive on concussion or exposure to sudden heat. It is used in the production of dynamite and blasting gelatin and as a vasodilator in medicine.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Alternative spelling of nitroglycerine.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A liquid appearing like a heavy oil, colorless or yellowish, and consisting of a mixture of several glycerin salts of nitric acid, and hence more properly called glycerin nitrate; also called trinitroglycerin and glyceryl trinitrate. It is made by the action of nitric acid on glycerin in the presence of sulphuric acid. It is extremely unstable and terribly explosive. A very dilute solution is used in medicine as a neurotic under the name of glonion.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A compound (C3H5N3O9) produced by the action of a mixture of strong nitric and sulphuric acids on glycerin at low temperatures.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a heavy yellow poisonous oily explosive liquid obtained by nitrating glycerol; used in making explosives and medically as a vasodilator (trade names Nitrospan and Nitrostat)
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