Definitions of gunpowder

  1. a mixture of potassium nitrate, charcoal, and sulfur in a 75:15:10 ratio which is used in gunnery, time fuses, and fireworks Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. An explosive substance composed of sulphur, niter, and charcoal. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  3. An explosive mixture of niter, charcoal, and sulfur. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  4. A composition of saltpetre, sulphur, and charcoal, mixed and reduced to a fine powder, then granulated and dried, and used as an explosive; a fine kind of green tea. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.

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Usage examples for gunpowder

  1. Rival chiefs competed for the acquisition of muskets, gunpowder and beachcombers. – A Racial Study of the Fijians by Norman E. Gabel
  2. Guns and gunpowder aided them in the chase. – The Conspiracy of Pontiac and the Indian War after the Conquest of Canada by Francis Parkman