black powder


Definition of black powder

: an explosive mixture of potassium nitrate or sodium nitrate, charcoal, and sulfur used especially in fireworks and as a propellant in antique firearms — compare gunpowder

Examples of black powder in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Morris smashed a mosque window with a sledgehammer and threw inside a plastic container filled with diesel fuel and gasoline, then McWhorter tossed in a pipe bomb made from PVC pipe and black powder, according to the charges. Andy Mannix, Star Tribune, "'This case is about hatred': Prosecutors say prejudice motivated bomber of Bloomington mosque," 9 Nov. 2020 In a meeting with undercover FBI agents, authorities provided him with inert pipe bombs and 14 sticks of dynamite, which authorities said had been prepared with simulated black powder at the FBI explosive laboratory in Quantico, Virginia. Josh Campbell, CNN, "Alleged domestic terrorist admits to plot to bomb a Colorado synagogue," 16 Oct. 2020 On July 11, at the exercise, Croft and a member of the militia group attempt to construct an improvised explosive device, using black powder, balloons, a fuse, and BBs for shrapnel., "'Snatch and grab': The winding path to plot against a governor," 11 Oct. 2020 Each shell is crafted by hand, filled with black powder, wrapped tightly in brown paper and twine, then packed into mortars. Jeff Suess, The Enquirer, "What we’ll miss about Riverfest," 30 Aug. 2020 Photos from the scene show what appears to be a pipe with a bag of black powder removed from it. oregonlive, "FBI helping Portland police investigate after someone threw explosive devices at protesters in Laurelhurst Park," 19 Aug. 2020 According to this drawing, the Hunley’s charge contained 135 pounds of black powder. Rachel Lance, Smithsonian Magazine, "The New Explosive Theory About What Doomed the Crew of the ‘Hunley’," 10 Mar. 2020 This Venice home takes its moody themes to the next level in the all-black powder room. Nena Farrell, Sunset Magazine, "13 Gorgeous Sinks We’d Love to Wash Our Hands In," 2 July 2020 The technological advancement that’s going to open muzzleloader hunting up to a whole wave of new people is a polyethylene capsule that’s filled with black powder. Alex Robinson, Outdoor Life, "Federal’s FireStick Will Be a Game Changer in the Muzzleloader Hunting World," 2 June 2020

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First Known Use of black powder

1793, in the meaning defined above

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15 Nov 2020

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“Black powder.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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