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