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- n. saltpetre
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. See saltpeter.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Niter; saltpeter.
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We would be nothing more than something for the petre dish, stir the DNA and see what comes out.
Bush and McCain: They go together like salt and petre.
Dr Johnson talked of the proportions of charcoal and salt-petre in making gunpowder, of granulating it, and of giving it a gloss.
Just add water to a prepared petre dish, stir gently, and incubate!
D'ailleurs j'ai envoyé petre de maniere tres sympathique la fille de l'accueil de l'anpe quand elle m'a dit d'un air de faiseuse de lecon "mais votre rendez vous c'etait a 11h30" alors sur le meme ton je lui ai repondu "Oh mais il est 11h30!!" et ses excuses elle peut s'les mettre ou j'pense!!
Anon, as he reads by that light his lesson, lifting his eyes now and then it may be, the fire of candle lays hold of the petre with a spluttering noise and a leaping.
What shall I say to thy internal spirit, — thy opium, thy salt-petre, — thy greasy unctions, — thy daily purges, — thy nightly clysters, and succedaneums? —
This being the state of the case, the road to longevity was plain; nothing more being required, says his lordship, but to repair the waste committed by the internal spirit, by making the substance of it more thick and dense, by a regular course of opiates on one side, and by refrigerating the heat of it on the other, by three grains and a half of salt-petre every morning before you got up. —
Substantial, wholesome, and clean — though generated by a wet, helpless creature having no personal charms, and which, having passed the phase of life in which it enjoyed the gift of locomotion, has become a plant-like fixture to one spot — the gas mingles with other diffusions of the reef, recalling villanous salt-petre and sheepdips and brimstone and treacle to the stimulation of the mental faculties generally.
Paine brought in a large sample of salt petre, made in this