American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of various explosive powders used to propel projectiles from guns, especially a black mixture of potassium nitrate, charcoal, and sulfur.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An explosive mixture of saltpeter, sulphur, and charcoal, reduced to fine powder, and thoroughly incorporated with each other, then granulated, cleaned or dusted, glazed or polished, and dried. The finished powder is employed for the discharge of projectiles from guns, in blasting, and for other purposes. The proportion of the ingredients in the composition of gunpowder varies in different countries, and with the different uses for which it is designed. The powders used for military purposes are distinguished, according to the fineness and evenness of granulation, as irregular, as musket, mortar, cannon, and mammoth powders; regular, as cubical, pellet, hexagonal, spherohexagonal, and prismatic (perforated hexagonal prisms) powders. These powders may have the same composition, but differ in size and form of grain, density, and method of manufacture. Musket powder is used for small-arms, mortar-powder for field-guns, cannon powder for light siege-guns, and the larger-grained and special powders for heavy sea-coast guns. Mixtures of a nature similar to gunpowder were known in China and India from remote times, and were especially used for rockets. The invention of gunpowder in Europe has been ascribed to Roger Bacon (about 1214-94) and to a German monk named Schwarz (about 1320), but it was probably introduced into Europe through the medium of the Moors early in the fourteenth century. Its common use in warfare dates from the sixteenth century.
- n. Picric-acid powders (these are not generally stable);
- n. ammonium-nitrate powders (these are highly hygroscopic);
- n. gun-cotton powders;
- n. nitroglycerin and guncotton powders. The first two classes have practically been abandoned. Smokeless powders are designated from their appearance, the name of the inventor, or arbitrarily, as cordite, Peyton, poudre B., etc.
- n. An explosive mixture of saltpetre (potassium nitrate), charcoal and sulphur; formerly used in gunnery but now mostly used in fireworks.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Chem.) A black, granular, explosive substance, consisting of an intimate mechanical mixture of saltpeter, charcoal, and sulphur. It is used in gunnery and blasting.
- n. a mixture of potassium nitrate, charcoal, and sulfur in a 75:15:10 ratio which is used in gunnery, time fuses, and fireworks
“Smokeless gunpowder is hard to ignite, and it burns very hot and very quickly once you get it going.”
“In NYC, I highly recommend the gunpowder masala dosa at Chennai Garden (they call it gunpowder for a reason, trust me).”
“Whoomp, it went, and burned with a brief, merry flame, just the way gunpowder is supposed to.”
“The old system of primer and gunpowder is going to be replaced by something entirely different — maybe along the lines of the electronic rail gun that NASA is experimenting with.”
“As I write I work opt the idea -- gasoline, balls of oakum, caps and gunpowder from a few cartridges, Roman candles, and flares blue, red, and green, shallow metal receptacles to carry the explosive and inflammable stuff; and a trigger-like arrangement by which, pulling on a string, the caps are exploded in the gunpowder and fire set to the gasoline-soaked oakum and to the flares and candles.”
“Humph!" said Mr. Howard, – "gunpowder is pretty quiet stuff so long as it keeps cool.”
“The New York and Liverpool firm that your father belongs to sent on board an honest and peaceable cargo, but there was a good deal of room left in the hold, and the captain filled it up with cannon-balls, musket-bullets, and gunpowder from the English agents of no less a man than General Santa”
“As I walked forward to obey, my eye fell on a small keg standing by the side of the main-mast, on which the word gunpowder was written in pencil.”
“Gracious! we shall be all blown up!" exclaimed Phoebe, -- the word gunpowder being the only one which she understood in the knight's description.”
“If a society has invented gunpowder, retains knowledge of it, but doesn't use it as our bundled concept of "gunpowder" - or even use it at all - we don't say that they don't have the technology of gunpowder.”
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