from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various explosive powders used to propel projectiles from guns, especially a black mixture of potassium nitrate, charcoal, and sulfur.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An explosive mixture of saltpetre (potassium nitrate), charcoal and sulphur; formerly used in gunnery but now mostly used in fireworks.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A black, granular, explosive substance, consisting of an intimate mechanical mixture of saltpeter, charcoal, and sulphur. It is used in gunnery and blasting.
from The 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.
- 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a mixture of potassium nitrate, charcoal, and sulfur in a 75:15:10 ratio which is used in gunnery, time fuses, and fireworks
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