gunpowder

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noun gun·pow·der \ ˈgən-ˌpau̇-dər \

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


GUNPOWDER Defined for English Language Learners

gunpowder

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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

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noun gun·pow·der \ ˈgən-ˌpau̇-dər \

Definition of gunpowder for Students

:an explosive powder used in guns and blasting


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