Definition of amatol in English:

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amatol

Pronunciation: /ˈaməˌtôl/ /ˈaməˌˌtäl/

noun

A high explosive consisting of a mixture of TNT and ammonium nitrate.
Example sentences
  • This realization also led to the production of minol, a mixture of aluminium and amatol, that could devastate an area 80% larger than TNT alone.
  • Secondly, a lot of bombs failed to detonate as many had warheads made of amatol, which was an inefficient explosive.
  • Originally these mines had TNT-filling, but Finnish manuals list only mines with amatol filling.

Origin

Early 20th century: formed irregularly from am(monium) + tol(uene).

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: am·a·tol

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