Definitions

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

  • n. A noncombustible gas that consists of a mixture of carbon dioxide and nitrogen, found in mines after fires or explosions and incapable of supporting life. Also called chokedamp.

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  • n. choke damp

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  • n. the atmosphere in a mine following an explosion; high in carbon dioxide and incapable of supporting life

Etymologies

black + damp, gas.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Of course Dr. Plimer's book has been pretty thoroughly reviewed by now and it has not stood up well (in fact I would venture that it is currently comatose on the floor from a case of blackdamp!).

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