Meaning of amatol in English:


Pronunciation /ˈamətɒl/


mass noun
  • A high explosive consisting of a mixture of TNT and ammonium nitrate.

    ‘This realization also led to the production of minol, a mixture of aluminium and amatol, that could devastate an area 80% larger than TNT alone.’
    • ‘Secondly, a lot of bombs failed to detonate as many had warheads made of amatol, which was an inefficient explosive.’
    • ‘Originally these mines had TNT-filling, but Finnish manuals list only mines with amatol filling.’
    • ‘The walls were also slightly thinner, giving a capacity of 6.15 kg of amatol.’


Early 20th century formed irregularly from am(monium) + tol(uene).