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.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. An explosive containing nitroglycerin. It is used in blasting.
- Coined by its inventor, Captain Bjorkman, presumably from vigor + -ite. (Wiktionary)
“Dynamite or rhexite or meganite or carbonite or stonite or vigorite or cordite or ballistite or thorite or maxamite ----”
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