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.
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However, according to the Smithsonian, it is more likely that fireworks were the result of an accidental mix of saltpetre, sulphur and charcoal by Chinese alchemists around Whereas I wish fireworks were contained to one night of the year, I'm glad bonfires aren't
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The most prevalent legend has it that fireworks were discovered or invented by accident by a Chinese cook working in a field kitchen who happened to mix charcoal, sulphur and saltpetre, all commonly found in the kitchen in those days.
Whilst staying in present-day London Hyacinth's mother is kidnapped by the strange Saltpetre Men.
A Wolverine B Magneto C Professor X D Batman QUESTION 6 - for 6 points: What is made from a combination of saltpetre, charcoal and sulphur?
In Coke's report of The King's Prerogative in Saltpetre, the King was found to have the power to enter upon private lands and remove saltpetre.
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.
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.