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Definition of Gunpowder


  1. A black, granular, explosive substance, consisting of an intimate mechanical mixture of niter, charcoal, and sulphur. It is used in gunnery and blasting.

Gunpowder Quotations

All my time not devoted to my master's service was spent either in prayer, or in making experiments in casting different things in moulds made of earth, in attempting to make paper, gunpowder, and many other experiments, that, although I could not perfect, yet convinced me of its practicability if I had the means.
Nat Turner

We owe to the Middle Ages the two worst inventions of humanity - romantic love and gunpowder.
Andre Maurois

What gunpowder did for war the printing press has done for the mind.
Wendell Phillips

China's history is marked by thousands of years of world-changing innovations: from the compass and gunpowder to acupuncture and the printing press. No one should be surprised that China has re-emerged as an economic superpower.
Gary Locke

In recent times, European nations, with the use of gunpowder and other technical improvements in warfare, controlled practically the whole world. One, the British Empire, brought under one government a quarter of the earth and its inhabitants.
John Boyd Orr
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Gunpowder Translations

gunpowder in Dutch is buskruit, kruit
gunpowder in Italian is polvere da sparo
gunpowder in Norwegian is krutt
gunpowder in Swedish is krut
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