from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- Congreve, William 1670-1729. English playwright known for his comedies, including Love for Love (1695) and The Way of the World (1700).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Short for cogreve rocket, a powerful form of rocket formerly used in war, either in the field or for bombardment. In the former case it was armed with shell, shrapnel, or other missiles; in the latter, with an inextinguishable explosive material, inclosed in a metallic case. It was guided by a long wooden stick.
- n. Short for Congreve match, an early friction match, containing sulphur, potassium chlorate, and antimony sulphide.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A kind of lucifer match. See lucifer, 3.
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- n. English playwright remembered for his comedies (1670-1729)
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