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congreve rocket


from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • See congreve and cf. rocket.
  • n. a powerful form of rocket for use in war, invented by Sir William Congreve. It may be used either in the field or for bombardment; in the former case, it is armed with shells or case shot; in the latter, with a combustible material inclosed in a metallic case, which is inextinguishable when kindled, and scatters its fire on every side.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See rocket.


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  • These inspired the line "and the rockets' red glare..." in Francis Scott Key's famous poem.

    October 10, 2008