One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A high explosive formed from toluene by substitution of nitro groups for three hydrogen atoms. It is relatively insensitive to shock and can be conveniently melted.
Alternative name: trinitrotoluene; chemical formula: C₇H₅(NO₂)₃
- ‘In combination with nitric acid, toluene gives trinitrotoluene.’
- ‘In all cases, chemical explosives such as 2,4, 6 - trinitrotoluene, black powder (potassium nitrate, sulfur, charcoal), liquid gasoline, or natural gas were involved.’
- ‘He said most of the materials found in two backpacks in the house was trinitrotoluene, a toxic chemical compound used in high explosives, such as that used in last month's bombing.’
- ‘Scientists have developed a new polymer that greatly increases the sensitivity of chemical detection systems for explosives such as trinitrotoluene.’
- ‘With World War I looming, nitrogen was also in demand for the production of trinitrotoluene and other explosives.’
- ‘On Thursday, he said the blast was caused by a car bomb containing trinitrotoluene and sulfur.’
- ‘‘When arrested, they were carrying ready-to-explode bombs consisting of detonators, batteries, trinitrotoluene, black powder, bullets from FN-type pistols and metal scraps inside waist-bags,’ he said.’
- ‘Probably the most devastating predicament to the munitions industrial base is in the production of trinitrotoluene or TNT, which is the major component of the explosive fill used in Air Force bombs.’
- ‘Nitric acid is used in the production of fertilizers (after the nitric acid is turned into ammonium nitrate), dyes, explosives [including trinitrotoluene (TNT)], various polymers (such as nylon and terylene), and some drugs.’
- ‘Promising results have been obtained with plants expressing bacterial enzymes to detoxify trinitrotoluene, or overexpressing a plant enzyme to degrade trichlorphenol and other phenolic compounds.’
- ‘A large truck loaded with tons of trinitrotoluene and masked with sacks of cement approached a group of administrative buildings in the regional center of Znamenskoie.’
- ‘Commerically important nitro compounds include nitrobenzene; nitrotoluenes; dinitrobenzenes; nitrochlorobenzenes; 2,4, 6 - trinitrotoluene (better known as the explosive TNT); nitroglycerin, and picric acid.’
- ‘He also said his laboratory had identified the explosive materials as trinitrotoluene, Research Development Explosives and High Melting Explosive.’
- ‘According to the spokesman, some detainees have been suspected of providing detonator cords and trinitrotoluene for the bomb attack on the Australian Embassy in Jakarta in September last year, which killed 10 people.’
- ‘The explosives, consisting of trinitrotoluene, potassium chlorate, sulfur and aluminum powder, were transported by a white delivery cargo van, the same vehicle used in the bombing attack, he said.’
- ‘The problem here is conventional TNT (2,4, 6 - trinitrotoluene), which is cheap, effective, and widely prevalent in mines.’
- ‘The suspect is charged with providing information on where to obtain trinitrotoluene to a member of the Army's Strategic Reserves Command, Second Corp.’
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