saltpetre


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saltpetre

(ˌsɔːltˈpiːtə) or

saltpeter

n
1. (Elements & Compounds) another name for potassium nitrate
2. (Elements & Compounds) short for Chile saltpetre
[C16: from Old French salpetre, from Latin sal petrae salt of rock]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.saltpetre - (KNO3) used especially as a fertilizer and explosive
fertiliser, fertilizer, plant food - any substance such as manure or a mixture of nitrates used to make soil more fertile
nitrate - any compound containing the nitrate group (such as a salt or ester of nitric acid)
Translations

saltpetre

saltpeter (US) [ˈsɔːltˌpiːtəʳ] Nsalitre m

saltpetre

saltpeter (Am) [ˈsɔːltˌpiːtəʳ] nsalnitro
References in classic literature ?
How would you have me manufacture gun powder on board, without either saltpetre, sulphur, or charcoal?
With the aid of his pickaxe, Dantes, after the manner of a labor-saving pioneer, dug a mine between the upper rock and the one that supported it, filled it with powder, then made a match by rolling his handkerchief in saltpetre.
At night I slept at the house of the owner of one of the saltpetre mines.
Saltpetre can be easily sought from a friendly local butcher or purchased online.
When the plant was operating, we smelt saltpetre all the time.
Fireclay was used for the crucibles they melted glass in, using a combination of sand, red lead, potash and saltpetre, heating the combination to around 1,400 degrees centigrade.
What compound is formed from a mixture of saltpetre, charcoal and sulphur?
Scent pastilles were compounded of very finely ground charcoal, saltpetre, a binder and a fragrance.
6 He also records an indigo dyer of Pondicherry using saltpetre.
A The Inbetweeners B Fresh Meat C Psychoville D The Thick Of It QUESTION 5 - for 5 points: What is made from a mixture of saltpetre and charcoal?
Max's bomb, described in court as being made of a tin filled with a mixture of sulphur, saltpetre, and charcoal, was found before it exploded, and he was arrested within twenty-four hours.
Among the components found were bags of potassium nitrate, sulphur, saltpetre, pressure cookers and headlight bulbs, "all products or instruments useful in the making of what we call improvised explosives," Molins said.