fulminating powder


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fulminating powder

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(Chemistry) powder that detonates by percussion
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The power of its fulmination is probably from this, that particles of gold are released by sulphur from the bonds of salt, its contrary, expedited by means of fire and as if broken free from prison to the point of vehemently leaping apart into the air with a loud report, in the same way as sulphur and nitre in that vulgar fulminating powder, detained by the fixed salt of tartar, then released by the heat of fire with no little explosion, dissipates in the winds.