gunpowder


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gun·pow·der

 (gŭn′pou′dər)
n.
Any of various explosive powders used to propel projectiles from guns, especially a black mixture of potassium nitrate, charcoal, and sulfur.

gunpowder

(ˈɡʌnˌpaʊdə)
n
(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

gun•pow•der

(ˈgʌnˌpaʊ dər)

n.
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.
[1375–1425]
gun′pow`der•y, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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
Translations
بارود
střelný prach
krudt
باروت
ruuti
barut
puskapor
púîur
火薬
strelný prach
smodnik
بارود

gunpowder

[ˈgʌnˌpaʊdəʳ]
A. Npólvora f
B. CPD Gunpowder Plot N (Brit) → Conspiración f de la Pólvora GUY FAWKES NIGHT

gunpowder

[ˈgʌnpaʊdər] npoudre f à canongun-runner gunrunner [ˈgʌnrʌnər] (US) ntrafiquant m d'armesgun-running [ˈgʌnrʌnɪŋ] ntrafic m d'armes

gunpowder

[ˈgʌnˌpaʊdəʳ] npolvere f da sparo

gun

(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.
adjective
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.
References in classic literature ?
They are made pleasant to some, but I would more rather give my boys gunpowder to play with than this bad trash.
Still he must have had fire and mettle in his day, if we may judge from the name he bore of Gunpowder.
His story was this: He had been originally nurtured among the crazy society of Neskyeuna Shakers, where he had been a great prophet; in their cracked, secret meetings having several times descended from heaven by the way of a trap-door, announcing the speedy opening of the seventh vial, which he carried in his vest-pocket; but, which, instead of containing gunpowder, was supposed to be charged with laudanum.
We knocked the head out of an empty hogshead and hoisted this hogshead to the flat roof of the chapel, where we clamped it down fast, poured in gunpowder till it lay loosely an inch deep on the bottom, then we stood up rockets in the hogshead as thick as they could loosely stand, all the different breeds of rockets there are; and they made a portly and imposing sheaf, I can tell you.
Not to grieve a kind master, I learned to be less touchy; and, for the space of half a year, the gunpowder lay as harmless as sand, because no fire came near to explode it.
As a whirlpool of boiling waters has a centre point, so, all this raging circled round Defarge's wine-shop, and every human drop in the caldron had a tendency to be sucked towards the vortex where Defarge himself, already begrimed with gunpowder and sweat, issued orders, issued arms, thrust this man back, dragged this man forward, disarmed one to arm another, laboured and strove in the thickest of the uproar.
In this coffer, his riches hid themselves with such a tenacious modesty, that the smallest instalments could only be tempted out by artifice; so that Peggotty had to prepare a long and elaborate scheme, a very Gunpowder Plot, for every Saturday's expenses.
Besides, when we meet such a title as the Gunpowder Plot, or any other connected with general history, each reader, before he has seen the book, has formed to himself some particular idea of the sort of manner in which the story is to be conducted, and the nature of the amusement which he is to derive from it.
Capitalism, organized for repressive purposes under pretext of governing the nation, would very soon stop the association if it understood our aim, but it thinks that we are engaged in gunpowder plots and conspiracies to assassinate crowned heads; and so, whilst the police are blundering in search of evidence of these, our real work goes on unmolested.
From these words all the hearers concluded that he must be a madman, and began to laugh heartily, and their laughter acted like gunpowder on Don Quixote's fury, for drawing his sword without another word he made a rush at the stand.
The sea flamed under its glance like a train of gunpowder.
This appeared to be devoted to minerals, and the sight of a block of sulphur set my mind running on gunpowder.