from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Niter; saltpeter.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun See saltpeter.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun archaic saltpetre


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  • We would be nothing more than something for the petre dish, stir the DNA and see what comes out.

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  • Bush and McCain: They go together like salt and petre.

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  • Just add water to a prepared petre dish, stir gently, and incubate!

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  • Just add water to a prepared petre dish, stir gently, and incubate!

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  • 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!!

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  • Dr Johnson talked of the proportions of charcoal and salt-petre in making gunpowder, of granulating it, and of giving it a gloss.

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  • 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.

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  • What shall I say to thy internal spirit, — thy opium, thy salt-petre, — thy greasy unctions, — thy daily purges, — thy nightly clysters, and succedaneums? —

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  • 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. —

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  • 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.

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