Definition of dynamite noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈdaɪnəmaɪt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdaɪnəmaɪt//
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  1. 1 a powerful explosive a stick of dynamite They used five tons of dynamite to blow up the rock.
  2. 2a thing that is likely to cause a violent reaction or a lot of trouble The abortion issue is political dynamite. Don’t mention the war—it’s political dynamite.
  3. 3(informal, approving) an extremely impressive or exciting person or thing Their new album is dynamite.
  4. Word Originmid 19th cent.: from Greek dunamis ‘power’ + -ite.
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