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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.
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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
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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.
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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
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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
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

gunpowder

[ˈgʌnpaʊdər] npoudre f à canongun-runner gunrunner [ˈgʌnrʌnər] (US) ntrafiquant m d'armesgun-running [ˈgʌnrʌnɪŋ] ntrafic m d'armes
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

gunpowder

[ˈgʌnˌpaʊdəʳ] npolvere f da sparo
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

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.
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References in classic literature ?
It is generally asserted that gunpowder was invented in the fourteenth century by the monk Schwartz, who paid for his grand discovery with his life.
Secretary Wilson became interested in gunpowder through an event that occurred on the Government experimental farm in the District of Columbia.
Still he must have had fire and mettle in his day, if we may judge from the name he bore of Gunpowder. He had, in fact, been a favorite steed of his master's, the choleric Van Ripper, who was a furious rider, and had infused, very probably, some of his own spirit into the animal; for, old and broken-down as he looked, there was more of the lurking devil in him than in any young filly in the country.
She was three feet and a half in diameter, and made of the very best gunpowder. My father was a Rocket like myself, and of French extraction.
He was a great fellow to invent gunpowder and fire-arms and cannon; but when it came to using these things to kill people, he was as tender-hearted as a chicken.
Perry's experiments in the manufacture of gunpowder and the fashioning of rifles had not progressed as rapidly as we had hoped--there was a whole lot about these two arts which Perry didn't know.
"The kegs are filled with gunpowder," said Spider, in a low tone, turning to those aft.
He made haste to pass out by the opening, still thinking himself in a dream; but the sight of the gunpowder in the tankard proved to him that his dream was a fatal nightmare.
They accordingly purloined several weapons and a barrel of gunpowder, as ammunition for their enterprise, and buried them in the river bank, intending to seize one of the boats, and make off in the night.
In Helene's circle the war in general was regarded as a series of formal demonstrations which would very soon end in peace, and the view prevailed expressed by Bilibin- who now in Petersburg was quite at home in Helene's house, which every clever man was obliged to visit- that not by gunpowder but by those who invented it would matters be settled.
"It is, sir, an old saying, and a true one, that a wise man may sometimes learn counsel from a fool; I wish, therefore, I might be so bold as to offer you my advice, which is to return home again, and leave these horrida bella , these bloody wars, to fellows who are contented to swallow gunpowder, because they have nothing else to eat.
'Where in the name of the Gunpowder Plot did you pick up this?' said his master.