Dynamite vs. Gelignite - What's the difference?

Wikipedia

  • Dynamite

    Dynamite is an explosive made of nitroglycerin, sorbents (such as powdered shells or clay) and stabilizers. It was invented by the Swedish chemist and engineer Alfred Nobel in Geesthacht and patented in 1867. It rapidly gained wide-scale use as a more powerful alternative to black powder. Today, dynamite is mainly used in the mining, quarrying, construction, and demolition industries. Dynamite is still the product of choice for trenching applications, and as a cost-effective alternative to cast boosters. Dynamite is occasionally used as an initiator or booster for AN and ANFO explosive charges.

  • Gelignite

    Gelignite (), also known as blasting gelatin or simply jelly, is an explosive material consisting of collodion-cotton (a type of nitrocellulose or gun cotton) dissolved in either nitroglycerine or nitroglycol and mixed with wood pulp and saltpetre (sodium nitrate or potassium nitrate). It was invented in 1875, by Swedish chemist Alfred Nobel, who also invented dynamite. It is more stable than dynamite, but can still suffer from "sweating". Its composition makes it easily moldable and safe to handle without protection, as long as it is not near anything capable of detonating it. One of the cheapest explosives, it burns slowly and cannot explode without a detonator, so it can be stored safely.In the United Kingdom, an explosives certificate, issued by the local Chief Officer of Police, is required for possession of gelignite. Due to its widespread civilian use in quarries and mining, it has historically been often used by irregular or paramilitary groups such as the Irish Republican Army and, less frequently, by British loyalists.

Wiktionary

  • Dynamite (noun)

    A Alfred Nobel in 1867.

  • Dynamite (noun)

    Anything exceptionally dangerous, exciting or wonderful.

  • Dynamite (verb)

    To blow up with dynamite or other high explosive.

  • Gelignite (noun)

    An explosive mixture of nitroglycerine and nitrate absorbed onto a base of wood pulp.

Oxford Dictionary

  • Dynamite (noun)

    a high explosive consisting of nitroglycerine mixed with an absorbent material and typically moulded into sticks.

  • Dynamite (noun)

    something that could generate extreme reactions or have devastating repercussions

    "that roads policy is political dynamite"

  • Dynamite (noun)

    an extremely impressive or exciting person or thing

    "a chick with a dynamite figure"

    "both her albums are dynamite"

  • Dynamite (noun)

    a narcotic, especially heroin.

  • Dynamite (verb)

    blow up (something) with dynamite

    "he threatened to dynamite a major hydroelectric dam"

  • Gelignite (noun)

    a high explosive made from a gel of nitroglycerine and nitrocellulose in a base of wood pulp and sodium or potassium nitrate, used particularly for rock-blasting.

Webster Dictionary

  • Dynamite (noun)

    An explosive substance consisting of nitroglycerin absorbed by some inert, porous solid, as infusorial earth, sawdust, etc. It is safer than nitroglycerin, being less liable to explosion from moderate shocks, or from spontaneous decomposition.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Dynamite (noun)

    an explosive containing nitrate sensitized with nitroglycerin absorbed on wood pulp

  • Dynamite (verb)

    blow up with dynamite;

    "The rock was dynamited"

  • Gelignite (noun)

    a type of dynamite in which the nitroglycerin is absorbed in a base of wood pulp and sodium or potassium nitrate

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