• WordNet 3.6
    • n nitroglycerin a heavy yellow poisonous oily explosive liquid obtained by nitrating glycerol; used in making explosives and medically as a vasodilator (trade names Nitrospan and Nitrostat)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The shockwave from a nitroglycerine explosion travels at 17,000 miles per hour.
    • n Nitroglycerin (Chem) A liquid appearing like a heavy oil, colorless or yellowish, and consisting of a mixture of several glycerin salts of nitric acid, and hence more properly called glycerin nitrate; also called trinitroglycerin and glyceryl trinitrate. It is made by the action of nitric acid on glycerin in the presence of sulphuric acid. It is extremely unstable and terribly explosive. A very dilute solution is used in medicine as a neurotic under the name of glonion.☞ A great number of explosive compounds have been produced by mixing nitroglycerin with different substances; as, dynamite, or giant powder, nitroglycerin mixed with siliceous earth; lithofracteur, nitroglycerin with gunpowder, or with sawdust and nitrate of sodium or barium; Colonia powder, gunpowder with nitroglycerin; dualin, nitroglycerin with sawdust, or with sawdust and nitrate of potassium and some other substances; lignose, wood fiber and nitroglycerin.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Alfred Nobel used a cellulose adhesive (nitrocellulose) as the chemical binder for nitroglycerin, which he used in his invention of dynamite.
    • n nitroglycerin A compound (C3H5N3O9) produced by the action of a mixture of strong nitric and sulphuric acids on glycerin at low temperatures. It is a light-yellow, oily liquid, of specific gravity 1.6, and is a most powerful explosive agent, detonating when struck, or when heated quickly to 306˚ F. For use in blasting it is mixed with one fourth its weight of silicions earth, and is then called dynamite. Taken internally, it is a violent poison, but in minute doses is used in medicine in the treatment of angina pectoris and heart-failure. Also called glonoin, nitroleum, blasting-oil, glyceryl nitrate, trinitrate of glyceryl, and trinitrin.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Nitro-, + glycerin,


In literature:

The more closely volcanoes, Western rivers, nitroglycerin, and boys are pent, the deadlier is their action at the point of outbreak.
"Penrod" by Booth Tarkington
Talking like this so close to Barry was like dancing among flasks of nitroglycerine.
"The Seventh Man" by Max Brand
What was this nitroglycerine, that exploded so dreadfully?
"Saunterings" by Charles Dudley Warner
It was as if two harmless chemicals had met and blended into nitroglycerin.
"Told in the East" by Talbot Mundy
That's pure nitroglycerin, though it's been mixed with so much sawdust.
"The Inside of the Cup, Complete" by Winston Churchill
They make nitroglycerine, like all the thalassic peoples; they also make TNT and catastrophite, and propellants.
"Uller Uprising" by Henry Beam Piper, John D. Clark and John F. Carr
Ten thousand tons of nitroglycerin!
"The Skylark of Space" by Edward Elmer Smith and Lee Hawkins Garby
One of the ways to put them out was to literally blow them out with a charge of nitroglycerine.
"Anchorite" by Randall Garrett
Many drugs occasion headache, as quinine, salicylates, nitroglycerin, and some forms of iron.
"The Home Medical Library, Volume II (of VI)" by Various
Neff remembered one pair who had even tried nitroglycerin.
"Brown John's Body" by Winston Marks
There is just as much acid after the glycerin is turned into nitroglycerin as there was before.
"The Scrap Book, Volume 1, No. 3" by Various
Were they to stop but for a single second, the nitroglycerin would explode.
"Careers of Danger and Daring" by Cleveland Moffett
Nitroglycerine was conserved by restricting the content in commercial explosives.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume VIII (of VIII)" by various
The first practical application of nitroglycerin in this way was made by A. Nobel in 1863.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 9" by Various
What sort of person do you suppose could go and buy nitroglycerine ungrudgingly after that?
"Pieces of Hate" by Heywood Broun
Might just as well fool with nitroglycerin.
"The Best Policy" by Elliott Flower
Wobanguli's speech had all the elements of nitroglycerine, he realized.
"The Argus Pheasant" by John Charles Beecham
Complicating his other disabilities was heart trouble, and he was taking nitroglycerine at the time.
"Edgar Saltus: The Man" by Marie Saltus
That almost anything could be converted into explosives by nitration has been known ever since Noble made nitroglycerine a commercial product.
"The Iron Ration" by George Abel Schreiner
The bottom heading is being drilled in preparation for blasting out with nitroglycerine.
"Smithsonian Institution - United States National Museum - Bulletin 240" by Anonymous

In news:

Nitroglycerin injection, American Regent 5 mg/mL, 10 mL vials, packages of 25 (NDC 00517-4810-25).
Nitroglycerin in Dextrose 5%, Baxter.
Women at risk of fractures who used the heart medicine nitroglycerin boosted their bone density modestly, according to a new study.
Doctors in the United States wrote more than four million prescriptions last year for nitroglycerin tablets, heart drugs placed under the tongue to reduce the chest pain angina or to stop a heart attack.
A nationwide shortage of nitroglycerin , a heart drug taken by hundreds of thousands of Americans to relieve pains from angina, has developed because of a manufacturing problem at a plant owned by the pill's only American maker.
Nitroglycerin , Nobel and the Red River.
"If the last debt ceiling discussion was playing with fire, this time they're playing with nitroglycerin," Honeywell CEO David Cote told CNBC.
Technion students Eyal Cohen, Tomer Wassermann, Matan Orian and Dvir Dukhan tackle the challenge of lighting the menorah in classic Rube Goldberg fashion using helium balloons, dominos, nitroglycerine, a robot.