What does petard mean?

Definitions for petardpɪˈtɑrd

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. petard(noun)

    an explosive device used to break down a gate or wall


  1. petard(Noun)

    A small, hat-shaped explosive device, used to blow a hole in a door or wall.

  2. petard(Noun)

    Anything potentially explosive, in a non-literal sense.

  3. petard(Noun)

    A loud firecracker.

  4. petard(Verb)

    To attack or blow a hole in (something) with a petard.

  5. Origin: From petarder, from petard.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Petard(noun)

    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 It has been superseded

  2. Origin: [F. ptard, fr. pter to break wind, to crack, to explode, L. pedere, peditum.]


  1. Petard

    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

  1. Petard

    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

  1. Petard

    a cone-shaped explosive machine for bursting open gates, barriers, &c., made of iron and filled with powder and ball.

Anagrams for petard »

  1. parted

  2. prated

  3. depart

  4. tarped


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of petard in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of petard in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. William Shakespeare:

    For 'tis the sport to have the engineer hoist with his own petard...

Images & Illustrations of petard

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Translations for petard

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • petardieren, PetardeGerman
  • pétard, pétarderFrench
  • sprängmina, petard, svärmare, knallsignal, petardera, sprängaSwedish

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