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ˈgʌnˌpaʊ dərgun·pow·der

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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.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. gunpowder

    The well-known explosive composition which, for its regularity of effect and convenience in manufacture and use, is still preferred for general purposes to all the new and more violent but more capricious agents. In England it is composed of 75 parts saltpetre to 10 sulphur and 15 charcoal; these proportions are varied slightly in different countries. The ingredients are mixed together with great mechanical nicety, and the compound is then pressed and granulated. On the application of fire it is converted into gas with vast explosive power, but subject to tolerably well-known laws.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. gunpowder

    A well-known explosive mixture, whose principal employment is in the discharge, for war or sport, of projectiles from fire-arms, and for mining purposes. The ingredients in gunpowder are saltpetre, charcoal, and sulphur. Slightly different proportions are employed in different countries. In the United States the proportions are 75 to 76 saltpetre, 14 to 15 charcoal, and 10 sulphur. Charcoal is the combustible ingredient; saltpetre furnishes the oxygen necessary to support a rapid combustion and to change the whole mass into gas, and sulphur adds consistency to the mixture and intensity to the flame, besides rendering the powder less liable to absorb moisture; increases the volume of gas by preventing the formation of a solid potassium carbonate, and by increasing the temperature.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of gunpowder in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of gunpowder in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of gunpowder in a Sentence

  1. Dean F. Wilson:

    That was the trouble with explaining with words. If you explained with gunpowder, people listened.

  2. Alfred Hitchcock:

    We seem to have a compulsion these days to bury time capsules in order to give those people living in the next century or so some idea of what we are like. I have prepared one of my own. I have placed some rather large samples of dynamite, gunpowder, and nitroglycerin. My time capsule is set to go off in the year 3000. It will show them what we are really like.

  3. Andre Maurois:

    We owe to the Middle Ages the two worst inventions of humanity - gunpowder and romantic love.

  4. Wendell Phillips:

    What gunpowder did for war the printing press has done for the mind.

  5. Simms:

    The proverb answers where the sermon fails, as a well-charged pistol will do more execution than a whole barrel of gunpowder idly exploded in the air.

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