Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A highly explosive mixture of ammonium nitrate and trinitrotoluene.

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  • noun A high explosive made from a mixture of ammonium nitrate and trinitrotoluene

Etymologies

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

[From am(monium) + (trinitro)tol(uene).]

Examples

  • *Sodium amatol was a barbiturate used to treat catatonic mutism.

    Storyteller

  • There were some packages of pre-fabricated explosives with amatol, primer and chemical detonator combined in one neat unit with a miniature timing device that ranged from five seconds to five minutes, complete with sucker clamps.

    When Eight Bells Toll

  • We tried sodium amatol on him three years ago to find where he buried a Princton student; he gave 'em a recipe for chip dip.

    Branded in the 80s!

  • We tried sodium amatol on him three years ago to find where he buried a Princton student; he gave 'em a recipe for chip dip.

    Branded in the 80s!

  • We tried sodium amatol on him three years ago to find where he buried a Princton student; he gave 'em a recipe for chip dip.

    Branded in the 80s!

  • We tried sodium amatol on him three years ago to find where he buried a Princton student; he gave 'em a recipe for chip dip.

    Branded in the 80s!

  • We tried sodium amatol on him three years ago to find where he buried a Princton student; he gave 'em a recipe for chip dip.

    Branded in the 80s!

  • We tried sodium amatol on him three years ago to find where he buried a Princton student; he gave 'em a recipe for chip dip.

    Branded in the 80s!

  • We tried sodium amatol on him three years ago to find where he buried a Princton student; he gave 'em a recipe for chip dip.

    Branded in the 80s!

  • We tried sodium amatol on him three years ago to find where he buried a Princton student; he gave 'em a recipe for chip dip.

    Branded in the 80s!

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  • "I was dreaming fitfully. It was the Crimea again; the crump-crump-crump of the guns and the metallic scream that an armoured personnel carrier makes when hit. I could even taste the dust, the cordite and the amatol in the air, the muffled cries of my comrades, the directionless sound of the gunfire."

    - Jasper Fforde, 'The Eyre Affair'.

    October 27, 2008