gunpowder definition

  • noun:
    • Any of different explosive powders familiar with propel projectiles from firearms, specially a black combination of potassium nitrate, charcoal, and sulfur.
    • An explosive blend of saltpetre (potassium nitrate), charcoal and sulphur; previously found in gunnery nevertheless now mainly used in fireworks.
    • A black, granular, explosive material, comprising an intimate technical blend of saltpeter, charcoal, and sulphur. It's found in gunnery and blasting.
    • An explosive blend of saltpeter, sulphur, and charcoal, decreased to fine powder, and carefully offered with both, then granulated, cleaned or dusted, glazed or refined, and dried.
    • Picric-acid powders (these are perhaps not generally speaking steady);
    • ammonium-nitrate powders (these are extremely hygroscopic);
    • gun-cotton powders;
    • nitroglycerin and guncotton powders. The initial two courses have virtually already been abandoned. Smokeless powders tend to be designated from their appearance, title associated with inventor, or arbitrarily, as cordite, Peyton, poudre B., etc.
    • a mixture of potassium nitrate, charcoal, and sulfur in a 75:15:10 proportion used in gunnery, time fuses, and fireworks

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