Definition of fulminate of mercury in English:
A white or grayish crystalline powder that when dry is extremely volatile when exposed to heat or pressure and is used as an explosive.
- The explosive mixture to be packed inside was fulminate of mercury, a highly volatile sandy-coloured crystalline powder substance.
- Stabilized nitroglycerine was developed into dynamite by Alfred Nobel, who combined this secondary high explosive with his detonator utilizing fulminate of mercury - the primary explosive - to produce a highly effective partnership.
- The cap composition was a mixture of fulminate of mercury with potassium chlorate and powdered glass.
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