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- n. Any of a class of explosives containing inorganic chlorates and organic nitro compounds
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Where destruction pure and simple is desired, the shell is charged with a high explosive such as picric acid or T.N.T., the colloquial abbreviation for the devastating agent scientifically known as "Trinitrotoluene," the base of which, in common with all the high explosives used by the different powers and variously known as lyddite, melinite, cheddite, and so forth, is picric acid.
"But also, at the middle of each staircase, in the wall, a box with about seventy pounds of cheddite -- to blow the shelter up in case of retreat.