Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A yellow crystalline compound, C7H5N5O8, used as a detonator.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The explosive 2,4,6-trinitrophenyl-N-methylnitramine produced by the nitration of dimethylaniline

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Butyl; -- so called from the four carbon atoms in the molecule.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The hypothetical radical C4H9, the fourth member of the CnH2n + 1 series: same as butyl.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a yellow crystalline explosive solid that is used in detonators

Etymologies

From its four nitrite groups.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Police said they found more traces of the material - described as tetryl, a chemical used to boost the power of explosives - on clothes seized from Khan's apartment, Chile's state television reported.

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  • When you are satisfied that the tetryl is free of acids, filter it from the water and allowed to dry.

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  • A summary of the closed hearing posted on the judiciary's website Saturday said both TNT and tetryl - a chemical that boosts the power of explosives - were found on his cellphone and documents at the embassy, and that a police search of his room later found the same chemicals on his clothes, a suitcase and a computer bag.

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  • A summary of the closed hearing posted on the judiciary's website Saturday said both TNT and tetryl - a chemical that boosts the power of explosives - were found on his cell phone and documents at the embassy, and that a police search of his room later found the same chemicals on his clothes, a suitcase and a computer bag.

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  • A summary of the closed hearing posted on the judiciary's website Saturday said both TNT and tetryl _ a chemical that boosts the power of explosives _ were found on his cell phone and documents at the embassy, and that a police search of his room later found the same chemicals on his clothes, a suitcase and a computer bag.

    The Times of India

  • He said he didn't know why embassy bomb detection equipment found traces of tetryl, a chemical used to boost the power of explosives, on a bag, documents and a cell phone he had with him.

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  • It is more sensitive to shock or friction than TNT or tetryl, and it is never used alone.

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