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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During this time The Times reported: "While these melancholy operations were going on, the poor women who day after day had trudged to the pit in the hope of seeing the bodies of their husbands brought to bank gave way to despairing cries, and were reluctantly persuaded to return to their homes." A jury inquest the following April concluded the deaths were due to afterdamp and burns caused by an explosion of gas.
Those who lost their lives were killed by the explosion or by carbon monoxide gas, known as afterdamp, which developed in the wake of the blast.