gunpowder

Part of speech: noun

An explosive mixture of niter, charcoal, and sulfur.

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Usage examples "gunpowder":

  1. And one day- it was October 7, 1890- the spark came; surely that was a most important spark, for it caused the explosion of one hundred and fifty tons of gunpowder, the instant death of thirteen men and one woman, and the serious or fatal injury of twenty- two men and nine women. - "Careers of Danger and Daring", Cleveland Moffett.
  2. This was about as wise an act as for a man to strike a match over an open barrel full of glistening grains of gunpowder- perhaps far worse. - "Son Philip", George Manville Fenn.
  3. June 20.- As soon as our intended departure was announced, we were besieged by requests for all sorts of things wanted in every family- pins, matches, gunpowder, and ink. - "Famous Adventures And Prison Escapes of the Civil War", Various.