Definitions for gunpowderˈgʌnˌpaʊ dər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

gun•pow•derˈgʌnˌpaʊ dər(n.)

  1. an explosive mixture, as of potassium nitrate, sulfur, and charcoal, used in shells and cartridges, in fireworks, and for blasting.

    Category: Chemistry

  2. Also called gun′powder tea`. a fine variety of green China tea, each leaf of which is rolled into a little ball.

    Category: Cooking

Origin of gunpowder:

1375–1425

gun′pow`der•y(adj.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. gunpowder, powder(noun)

    a mixture of potassium nitrate, charcoal, and sulfur in a 75:15:10 ratio which is used in gunnery, time fuses, and fireworks

Wiktionary

  1. gunpowder(Noun)

    An explosive mixture of saltpetre (potassium nitrate), charcoal and sulphur; formerly used in gunnery but now mostly used in fireworks.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Gunpowder(noun)

    a black, granular, explosive substance, consisting of an intimate mechanical mixture of niter, charcoal, and sulphur. It is used in gunnery and blasting

Freebase

  1. Gunpowder

    Gunpowder, also known since the late 19th century as black powder, was the first chemical explosive and the only one known until the mid-1800s. It is a mixture of sulfur, charcoal, and potassium nitrate —with the sulfur and charcoal acting as fuels, while the saltpetre works as an oxidizer. Because of its burning properties and the amount of heat and gas volume that it generates, gunpowder has been widely used as a propellant in firearms and as a pyrotechnic composition in fireworks. Gunpowder was, according to prevailing academic consensus, discovered in the 7th century in China, attributed to Chinese alchemists searching for an elixir of immortality. Practically, merely using accidentally-chosen rocks containing natural saltpeter in a wood fire would generate very noticable visible acceleration of combustion. The earliest record of a written formula for gunpowder appears in the 11th century Song Dynasty text, Wujing Zongyao. This discovery led to the invention of fireworks and the earliest gunpowder weapons in China. In the centuries following the Chinese discovery, gunpowder weapons began appearing in the Arab world, Europe, and India. The technology spread from China through the Middle East, and then into Europe. The earliest Western accounts of gunpowder appear in texts written by English philosopher Roger Bacon in the 13th century.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. GUNPOWDER

    A black substance much employed in marking the boundary lines of nations.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

gunpowder(noun)

an explosive in the form of a powder.

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