gunpowder

noun gun·pow·der \ ˈgən-ˌpau̇-dər \
Updated on: 15 May 2018

Definition of gunpowder

: an explosive mixture of potassium nitrate, charcoal, and sulfur used in gunnery and blasting; broadly : any of various powders used in guns as propelling charges

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First Known Use of gunpowder

15th century

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GUNPOWDER Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of gunpowder for English Language Learners

  • : a dry explosive substance that is used in guns and to break open sections of rock or earth for mining, building roads, etc.


GUNPOWDER Defined for Kids

gunpowder

noun gun·pow·der \ ˈgən-ˌpau̇-dər \

Definition of gunpowder for Students

: an explosive powder used in guns and blasting


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