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. There was a sharp crack, and we were in a heap upon the ground with coils of rope all over us.
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.
The US, in short, is an infernal machine based on slavery and killing, so the idea that such a state is in any way redeemable or salvageable is a total delusion.
I wrote plays and novels including The Infernal Machine and The Eagle Has Two Heads, and directed the films Orphee and Les Parents Terribles.
He is the author of five non-fiction books: My Father's House (Penguin 1997); The Infernal Machine: a History of Terrorism (New Press 2007), also published in the UK as The Infernal Machine: an Alternative History of Terrorism (Hurst & Co 2011); Blood and Faith: the Purging of Muslim Spain (New Press 2009, Hurst 2010); Sherman's Ghosts: Soldiers, Civilians, and the American War of War (New Press 2015), and Fortress Europe: Dispatches from a Gated Continent (New Press), available in the UK in paperback as Fortress Europe: Inside the War Against the Immigration (Hurst 2015).
To engage with it, however, is to risk writing fiction that makes the same point over and over: technological consumerism is an infernal machine, technological consumerism is an infernal machine.
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. I'm not sure it's allowed in competition but our super-fit guide literally pushed me up those hellish climbs, one hand on my back.
Matt Carr is the author of My Father's House (Penguin 1997), The Infernal Machine: A History of Terrorism (New Press 2007), and Blood and Faith: The Purging of Muslim Spain (Hurst 2010).
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."