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gelignite
American English: /ˈdʒɛləɡˌnaɪt/
British English: /ˈdʒɛlɪɡnʌɪt/

Translation of gelignite in Spanish:

noun

uncountable
  • Example sentences
    • The suitcase contained chlorate of potash and paraffin wax, which was mixed with gelignite to form an explosive compound.
    • In 1983, nine sticks of gelignite, 25 kilograms of ammonium nitrate, three detonators and an igniter were found in an electrical sub-station inside the boundary fence.
    • However, he was finding it much more difficult than he had anticipated - the architects had designed the building to be bomb-proof, and he had already used about 22 lb of gelignite in an attempt to bring it down.

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