Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A particular explosive containing nitroglycerin.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An explosive containing nitroglycerin. It is used in blasting.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The trade-name of an explosive, one grade of which consists of 30 per cent. nitroglycerin, 49 per cent. potassium chlorate, 7 per cent. potassium nitrate, 9 per cent. wood-pulp, and 5 per cent. magnesium carbonate.

Etymologies

Coined by its inventor, Captain Bjorkman, presumably from vigor +‎ -ite. (Wiktionary)

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