Part of speech: noun

An old time explosive device for making breaches, as in walls.

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Usage examples "petard":

  1. Hoist with their own petard! - "The Patrician", John Galsworthy.
  2. But thereupon Malcolm set his port vent to his mouth, rapidly filled his bag, while the man stared as if it were a petard with which he was about to blow the door to shivers, and then sent from the instrument such a shriek, as it galloped off into the Lossie Gathering, that involuntarily his adversary pressed both hands to his ears. - "The Marquis of Lossie", George MacDonald.
  3. Assuredly not, and thou hadst the best of it, for when Mistress Bess came in as full of wrath as a petard of powder, and made your refusal known, my lord himself cried out, 'And she's in the right o't! - "Unknown to History A Story of the Captivity of Mary of Scotland", Charlotte M. Yonge.