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[mass noun] Choking gas left after an explosion of firedamp in a mine, rich in carbon monoxide.
- ‘These men had survived the force of the explosion, but had succumbed to the effects of the afterdamp.’
- ‘As they had been almost completely destroyed it was impossible to enter owing to the afterdamp which prevailed.’
- ‘They had managed to soak their shirts in water and breath through them to filter out the afterdamp.’
- ‘The afterdamp and smoke passed directly to the airshaft from the split of the ventilating current in the section.’
- ‘The ‘afterdamp’ occurring in such situations is a mixture of carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide.’
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