Meaning of GELIGNITE in English


[ 'dʒɛlɪgnʌɪt ]

■ noun a high explosive made from a gel of nitroglycerine and nitrocellulose in a base of wood pulp and sodium or potassium nitrate, used particularly for blasting rock.


C19: prob. from gelatin + L. (l)ignis 'wood' + -ite 1 .

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