Definitions

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  • n. Alternative spelling of tonight.
  • n. An explosive compound; a preparation of guncotton.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An explosive compound; a preparation of gun cotton.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Standard tonite, as manufactured in the United States, is an explosive consisting of 52.5 per cent. of pulverulent guncotton and 47.5 per cent. of barium nitrate. These materials are moistened and intimately incorporated under edge-rollers until a uniform paste is produced, which is then formed into cartridges covered with paraffined paper. A specially heavy detonator is required to fire this explosive. Also known as cotton-powder No. 1.
  • n. See the quotation.

Etymologies

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Compare Latin tonare to thunder.

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  • I don't like this when used as a spelling of tonight, but was surprised to find it meaning something else:

    "The lance is a thing of the past. The tonite bomb has taken its place as an instrument of destruction."

    --Walter Noble Burns, A Year with a Whaler, 32

    April 28, 2008