Definition of gunpowder in English:


Line breaks: gun|pow¦der
Pronunciation: /ˈgʌnpaʊdə


[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.
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    • 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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