afterdamp


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af·ter·damp

 (ăf′tər-dămp′)
n.
An asphyxiating mixture of gases, primarily nitrogen and carbon dioxide, left in a mine after a fire or an explosion.

[after + damp, gas.]

afterdamp

(ˈɑːftəˌdæmp)
n
1. (Elements & Compounds) a poisonous mixture of gases containing carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, and nitrogen formed after the explosion of firedamp in coal mines. See also whitedamp
2. (Mining & Quarrying) a poisonous mixture of gases containing carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, and nitrogen formed after the explosion of firedamp in coal mines. See also whitedamp

af•ter•damp

(ˈæf tərˌdæmp, ˈɑf-)

n.
an unbreathable mixture of gases, consisting chiefly of carbon dioxide and nitrogen, left in a mine after an explosion or fire.
[1855–60]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.afterdamp - a toxic mixture of gases (including carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide and nitrogen) after an explosion of firedamp in a mineafterdamp - a toxic mixture of gases (including carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide and nitrogen) after an explosion of firedamp in a mine
gas - a fluid in the gaseous state having neither independent shape nor volume and being able to expand indefinitely
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Afterdamp (a deadly mix of carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide and nitrogen) was present in great quantities and fires were burning in the depths of the mine, so rescue work was hinderered.