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Any of various explosive powders used to propel projectiles from guns, especially a black mixture of potassium nitrate, charcoal, and sulfur.


(Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery) an explosive mixture of potassium nitrate, charcoal, and sulphur (typical proportions are 75:15:10): used in time fuses, blasting, and fireworks. Also called: black powder
ˈgunˌpowdery adj


(ˈgʌnˌpaʊ dər)

1. an explosive mixture, as of potassium nitrate, sulfur, and charcoal, used in shells and cartridges, in fireworks, and for blasting.
2. Also called gun′powder tea`. a fine variety of green China tea, each leaf of which is rolled into a little ball.
gun′pow`der•y, adj.
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Noun1.gunpowder - a mixture of potassium nitrate, charcoal, and sulfur in a 75:15:10 ratio which is used in gunnery, time fuses, and fireworksgunpowder - a mixture of potassium nitrate, charcoal, and sulfur in a 75:15:10 ratio which is used in gunnery, time fuses, and fireworks
explosive - a chemical substance that undergoes a rapid chemical change (with the production of gas) on being heated or struck
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(gan) noun
any weapon which fires bullets or shells. He fired a gun at the burglar.
ˈgunboat noun
a small warship with large guns.
ˈgunfire noun
the firing of guns. I could hear the sound of gunfire in the distance.
ˈgunman noun
a criminal who uses a gun to kill or rob people. Three gunmen robbed the bank.
ˈgunpowder noun
an explosive in the form of a powder.
ˈgunshot noun
the sound of a gun firing. I heard a gunshot and a man dropped dead.
caused by the bullet from a gun. a gunshot wound.
stick to one's guns
to hold to one's position in an argument etc. No-one believed her story but she stuck to her guns.
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How would you have me manufacture gun powder on board, without either saltpetre, sulphur, or charcoal?
They said that separate samples of gun powder from four hand grenades have been prepared for forensic analysis and requested the court to allow 30-day physical remand for recovery of more explosives from the accused and to get more information from them.
A former teacher at a Harlem high school in the Bronx, New York City, and his twin brother were arrested Thursday after police discovered they kept more than 30 pounds of bomb-making materials, a note suggesting a plan to wage a terrorist strike and paid students to break down fireworks in order to extract gun powder for the explosives.
Of the 10 respondents, only Songalia, Nicolas, Libuen, Doron and Tibunsay later tested positive for gun powder nitrates.
After killing the passengers, the troops started spraying gun powder, petrol and kerosene on the surrounding buildings and then torched them,' they said.
New Sedgwick Gun Powder Works in Cumbria, the timber-framed 14th century Lady Row in York and the Hawksmoor-designed St Anne's Limehouse Parish Church in Stepney, east London, which is suffering water damage, have also been added to the register.
He had all kinds of books and all kinds of gun powder and if he had taken those devices put them in something else and put a bunch of nails and screws and other things, he could have caused some serious damage.
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The police confirmed the presence of two plastic covers containing gun powder inside the toilet.
There are 13 buildings, including nine furnished to represent the mid-1800s, three museum display spaces, and a gun powder magazine.
A rifle, some gun powder, clothes, sling shots, utensils and rations were recovered.
for the Royal Gun Powder Factory, Waltham Abbey, and another painted with "1867 Lutterworth - Feinian Riots.