infernal machine


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infernal machine

n.
A device designed to use fire or an explosion to endanger life or do serious damage to property in violation of law.

infernal machine

n
(Historical Terms) archaic a usually disguised explosive device or booby trap

infer′nal machine′


n.
a concealed or disguised explosive device intended to destroy life or property.
[1800–10]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.infernal machine - a bomb that has a detonating mechanism that can be set to go off at a particular time
bomb - an explosive device fused to explode under specific conditions
References in classic literature ?
But the infernal machine was the thing to think of now.
In the cabin were arms and ammunition, and hidden in a secret receptacle in the cabin table was one of those infernal machines, the construction of which had occupied much of Paulvitch's spare time when he had stood high in the confidence of the Nihilists of his native land.
But, happily, there were limits to the strain which the rope would stand, though none apparently to the lifting powers of this infernal machine.
And all the time our men waited in the refuge, weapons in hand--automatic revolvers and rifles, to say nothing of half a dozen infernal machines of Biedenbach's manufacture.
I wrote plays and novels including The Infernal Machine and The Eagle Has Two Heads, and directed the films Orphee and Les Parents Terribles.
BUT OLD HABITS DIE HARD, THE INFERNAL machine keeps rearing its head in Franzen's work, although nowhere is the point made quite as explicitly as in Purity.
His main directorial ventures have been Girish Karnad's Tughlaq ( 1984), Cocteau's The Infernal Machine ( 1988), Ionesco's Macbett ( 1981) and his own play The Mahabharata of Women ( 2000).
I lost count of the 'I lost count of the number of times Miquel number of times Miquel came back from the head of the pack to pick me up and coax me back on that infernal machine.
Besides the violin concerto, this evening's program will feature Bla Bart-k's Concerto for Orchestra - a concerto without a soloist that highlights sections of the orchestra in its five movements - and Christopher Rouse's "The Infernal Machine.
But the infernal machine did provide running water.
Worcester, charged with disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace, throwing, placing, or exploding explosives, malicious explosion, vandalizing property and possession of an infernal machine, dismissed.
Compare this with the achievement of a technocrat like Gutenberg, who, aspiring to affirm Christianity and its culture, invented an infernal machine that undermined the apostolic continuity of the Church and eventually turned European culture to newsprint, tax manuals, and Harlequin romances.