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  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Tonite An explosive compound; a preparation of gun cotton.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n tonite Standard tonite, as manufactured in the United States, is an explosive consisting of 52.5 per cent. of pulverulent guncotton and 47.5 per cent. of barium nitrate. These materials are moistened and intimately incorporated under edge-rollers until a uniform paste is produced, which is then formed into cartridges covered with paraffined paper. A specially heavy detonator is required to fire this explosive. Also known as cotton-powder No. 1.
    • n tonite See the quotation.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Tonite tō′nīt an explosive made from pulverised gun-cotton.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf.L. tonare, to thunder


In literature:

Went to a sosiable tonite at the Unitarial vestry.
"The Real Diary of a Real Boy" by Henry A. Shute
Im goin into town tonite with a bunch to eat a swell dinner on a china plate.
"Dere Mable" by Edward Streeter
The only reason were not marchin tonite is because when we got into this town the Captin found a chatto for his P.C.
""Same old Bill, eh Mable!"" by Edward Streeter
Ef thar ain't a nuther circus to home tonite it'll be bekase his daddy ain't well.
"Watch Yourself Go By" by Al. G. Field
I feel most too tired to rite in you tonite, Mr. Diry, but I guess I'll tell you wot made me feel so xerted.
"The Bad Boy At Home And His Experiences In Trying To Become An Editor - 1885" by Walter T. Gray
"Down the Slope" by James Otis

In news:

I go into the fridge tonite, and that's what's in there – remnants of a chicken.
Tonight November 15, Natalie (aka Rosa Corn) takes over Rare & Well Done tonight with dreamy tunes to rock you to sleep on KRCB 91fm ( tonite 10-midnight.
You have another chance to catch what is sure to be an equally amazing performance tonite (Nov.
Tonight November 15, Natalie (aka Rosa Corn) takes over Rare & Well Done tonight with dreamy tunes to rock you to sleep on KRCB 91fm ( tonite 10-midnight.
"Tucumcari Tonite " will be returning to billboards advertising the city to motorists on Interstate 40 and US 54.
This is fascinating to see Jim Carrey back in 1991 on an old tonite show appearance, hosted by a man I miss so much, Johnny Carson.
Passover, the observance of the Jews' escape from Egypt, starts tonite.
Tree lighting tonite in Manchester.
Now she has a show on Showtime, premiering tonite.
Johnny Tonite Ends a Nine-Year-Break.
It's the Waterford Tugboat Roundup, and the fireworks are tonite.
It was supposed to happen last nite, but the event has been postponed until 8:30 tonite.