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 Gunpowder makers in the 14th and 15th centuries used black powder brought to Europe from China, then mixed its three ingredients together one by one: saltpeter (also known as potassium nitrate), charcoal, and sulfur. Eric Niiler, Wired, 29 Sep. 2021 This is a stainless steel razor with black powder coating and it is perfectly weighted for an ergonomic design. Chris Hachey, BGR, 24 Aug. 2021 But only for a moment as the net, driven by small charges of black powder in each of the blasting devices, rose and dropped atop what seemed like hundreds of blue-winged teal. Steve Meyer, Anchorage Daily News, 5 Sep. 2021 But about halfway through the clip, the record scratched and Cox appeared on screen with black powder covering the tip of her nose. Hanna Flanagan,, 18 Aug. 2021 Ploch had said investigators determined the men ignited a black powder along the river bank. Alice Yin,, 8 May 2021 And in some places, black powder guns are also one of the few ways a person with a felony conviction can purchase a firearm. NBC News, 22 May 2021 The family of two brothers and their nephew who died in an explosion along the Illinois River next to Starved Rock State Park last week that officials say happened when the three ignited black powder has hired a law firm to look into the deaths. Paige Fry,, 12 May 2021 Mothers apply the black powder to their newborns to deflect nazar, or the evil eye. Mehrunnisa Wani, Forbes, 14 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of black powder

1793, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of black powder was in 1793

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“Black powder.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2022.

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