Definition of lyddite in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈlidīt/


chiefly historical
A high explosive containing picric acid, used chiefly by the British during World War I.
Example sentences
  • Picric acid or lyddite, used in the Japanese explosive shimose, and tetryl were also highly sensitive, the latter having a higher shattering effect than TNT.
  • The divers were able to confirm that the shell, packed with lyddite explosive, was fired either by HMS Swiftsure or HMS Triumph on exercise in the run-up to the Great War.
  • Benzole cascaded through the torn plating on to the lyddite below, just as the Imro reversed propellor and pulled its bow clear in a shower of sparks.


Late 19th century: named after Lydd, a town in Kent, England, where the explosive was first tested, + -ite1.

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Syllabification: lydd·ite

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