American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A small bell-shaped bomb used to breach a gate or wall.
- n. A loud firecracker.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An engine of war used to blow in a door or gate, form a From a breach in a wall, etc. It came into use in the sixteenth century, and in its early forms was a kind of mortar of iron or bronze which was charged with about seven pounds of gunpowder, rammed down and wadded, and fixed by means of rings to a stout plank, which was then attached to the surface to be blown in. The use of bombs has rendered the petard almost obsolete, but as still occasionally employed it is a cubical box of stout oak-wood, charged with twenty pounds or more of powder, and fired, like the older forms, by a fuse.
- n. A small paper cartridge used in ornamental fireworks, generally at the end of a lance, so arranged that the flame terminates with an explosion.
- n. historical A small, hat-shaped explosive device, used to blow a hole in a door or wall.
- n. Anything potentially explosive, in a non-literal sense.
- n. A loud firecracker.
- v. archaic To attack or blow a hole in (something) with a petard.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Mil.) A case containing powder to be exploded, esp. a conical or cylindrical case of metal filled with powder and attached to a plank, to be exploded against and break down gates, barricades, drawbridges, etc. It has been superseded.
- n. an explosive device used to break down a gate or wall
- From Middle French petarder, from petard. (Wiktionary)
- French pétard, from Old French, from peter, to break wind, from pet, a breaking of wind, from Latin pēditum, from neuter past participle of pēdere, to break wind. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“She had meant to try out Jasper's racing-car at dawn, forgetting that racers have no mufflers, and she had been, as one may say, hoist with her own petard – although I do not know what a petard is and have never been able to find out.”
“Watching ignorant lefties (didn’t read the law) and/or evil lefties (supporters of illegal entry) hoist with their own petard is very satisfying theater indeed.”
“A petard was a small medieval bomb used to blow up gates and walls when breaching fortifications.”
“A petard is a small explosive used to breach castle walls.”
“The phrase is actually “hoist by his own petard” a petard is a small barrel of gunpowder used as a bomb and the phrase literally means “he blew himself up””
“According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the word petard came into substantive use in 1598, so itâ€ ™ s fair to speculate that viewers of Hamlet (first performed c. 1600-01) may have been aware of the wordâ€ ™ s etymological root in the French pÃ©tard, from the verb pÃ©ter, to fart.”
“As I heard it, they made an explosive called a petard…. you see my meaning.”
“Furthermore, as one would guess, hanging a petard was a hazardous occupation; it went out of style in the early 1700's.”
“Ha! and all this time I though a petard was a pointy stick.”
“Use the truth and hang them by their own petard (a petard was a crude explosive device that often blew up in the users hands)”
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