nounchiefly • historical
- A high explosive containing picric acid, used chiefly by the British during World War I.More 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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