an explosive device used to break down a gate or wall
A small, hat-shaped explosive device, used to blow a hole in a door or wall.
Anything potentially explosive, in a non-literal sense.
A loud firecracker.
To attack or blow a hole in (something) with a petard.
Origin: From petarder, from petard.
a case containing powder to be exploded, esp. a conical or cylindrical case of metal filled with powder and attached to a plank, to be exploded against and break down gates, barricades, drawbridges, etc. It has been superseded
Origin: [F. ptard, fr. pter to break wind, to crack, to explode, L. pedere, peditum.]
A petard was a small bomb used to blow up gates and walls when breaching fortifications, of French origin and dating back to the sixteenth century. A typical petard was a conical or rectangular metal object containing 2–3 kg of gunpowder, with a slow match as a fuse.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
pē-tärd′, n. a kind of mortar filled with gunpowder, fixed to gates, barriers, &c., to break them down by explosion—(Shak.) Petar′: a paper bomb in pyrotechny.—ns. Petardeer′, Petardier′.—Hoist with one's own petard (see Hoist). [O. Fr.—péter, to crack or explode—L. pedĕre, cog. with Gr. perdein, Eng. fart.]
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
a cone-shaped explosive machine for bursting open gates, barriers, &c., made of iron and filled with powder and ball.
The numerical value of petard in Chaldean Numerology is: 6
The numerical value of petard in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
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For 'tis the sport to have the engineer hoist with his own petard...
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