Definition of “gunpowder” - English Dictionary


“gunpowder” in English

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gunpowdernoun [ U ]

uk /ˈɡʌnˌpaʊ.dər/ us /ˈɡʌnˌpaʊ.dɚ/

Examples from literature

  • Gunpowder allowed weapons inventors to make many clever and sometimes unusual ways to kill. 
  • Gunpowder could be used to fire rockets, cannons, and bombs. 
  • It has three rows of barrels and used gunpowder to fire bullets at enemy soldiers. 
  • Next, you light the gunpowder and . . . BOOM! 
  • The discovery of gunpowder changed the history of the world. 
  • The discovery of gunpowder in China in the 10th century changed the world of weapons forever. 
  • Then you fill the pipe with gunpowder – this makes it a rocket. 

(Definition of “gunpowder” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“gunpowder” in American English

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gunpowdernoun [ U ]

us /ˈɡʌnˌpɑʊ·dər/

a substance in powder form that is used in making explosive devices

(Definition of “gunpowder” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)