gunpowder

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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In 1733, the ruling shogun placated his people by supplying gunpowder for a show above the Sumida River in modern Tokyo. Laura Mallonee, WIRED, "'Fire Flowers' Dazzle in Gorgeous Photos of Japanese Fireworks," 4 July 2018 The patties have a crispy exterior and are topped with caramelized onions, tamarind chutney and a side of ghee and gunpowder spices that diners mix together to add richness and fire to the blend. Michael Bauer, San Francisco Chronicle, "Best burgers in the Bay Area from the 2018 Top 100 restaurants," 12 June 2018 The Ottomans used the Parthenon as a gunpowder magazine, hence its pockmarked masonry — the result of an attack by Venetian forces in the 17th century. Bettany Hughes, New York Times, "How Christians Destroyed the Ancient World," 8 June 2018 An actor armed with an airsoft gun fires at officers who, in turn, must disable the shooter amid the sounds of gunshots and the smell of gunpowder. Annie Martin, OrlandoSentinel.com, "New UCF police chief talks about preventing shootings, sex crimes," 13 July 2018 By the time the photos were taken, the police had slipped canvas bags over his hands and feet to preserve evidence, the fingerprints and gunpowder. Liz Arnold, Longreads, "Making Peace with the Site of a Suicide," 11 July 2018 With a dose of peer pressure, Klocke poured in a cup of gunpowder and repeated the process. Cortlynn Stark, kansascity, "50 years after 'mysterious metal' put hole in Kansas school, July 4 pranksters fess up," 2 July 2018 The room smelled of gunpowder as police fearlessly swept in, less than two minutes after the first 911 calls. John Bacon, USA TODAY, "Memorial services begin for Capital Gazette victims; paper provides timeline of the horror," 1 July 2018 New technologies of destruction have appeared throughout history, from the trireme and gunpowder in past centuries to biological and nuclear weapons in more modern times. Paul R. Pillar, New York Times, "Cyberwarfare — the Latest Technology of Destruction," 19 June 2018

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First Known Use of gunpowder

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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gunpowder

noun

English Language Learners Definition of gunpowder

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

gunpowder

noun
gun·pow·der | \ ˈgən-ˌpau̇-dər \

Kids Definition of gunpowder

: an explosive powder used in guns and blasting

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