Definition of gunpowder in English:

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gunpowder

Pronunciation: /ˈɡʌnpaʊdə/

noun

[mass noun]
1An explosive consisting of a powdered mixture of saltpetre, sulphur, and charcoal, now chiefly used for quarry blasting and in fuses and fireworks.
Example sentences
  • Gunpowder is a mixture of saltpetre, charcoal, and sulphur, and early gunpowder was just that: a powder.
  • Prior to its first military uses, gunpowder was termed black powder.
  • There was wax, matches, a long fuse, gunpowder and 20 bullets packed around a quarter stick of dynamite.
2A fine green China tea of granular appearance.

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