Word of the day

Wednesday March 23, 2016


An explosive consisting chiefly of picric acid
a high explosive composed chiefly of picric acid

Sentence Example

Where destruction pure and simple is desired, the shell is charged with a high explosive such as picric acid or T.N.T., the colloquial abbreviation for the devastating agent scientifically known as "Trinitrotoluene," the base of which, in common with all the high explosives used by the different powers and variously known as lyddite, melinite, cheddite, and so forth, is picric acid.

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