Definition of Petard

1. Noun. An explosive device used to break down a gate or wall.

Generic synonyms: Explosive Device



Definition of Petard

1. n. A case containing powder to be exploded, esp. a conical or cylindrical case of metal filled with powder and attached to a plank, to be exploded against and break down gates, barricades, drawbridges, etc. It has been superseded.

Definition of Petard

1. Noun. (historical) A small, hat-shaped explosive device, used to blow a hole in a door or wall. ¹

2. Noun. Anything potentially explosive, in a non-literal sense. ¹

3. Noun. (rare) A loud firecracker. ¹

4. Verb. (context: now rare archaic) To attack or blow a hole in (something) with a petard. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Petard

1. an explosive device [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Petard

petaloideous
petalomania
petalosticha
petalous
petals
petameter
petameters
petametre
petametres
petanque
petanques
petar
petara
petaras
petarasite
petard (current term)
petards
petaries
petars
petary
petascale
petasecond
petaseconds
petasos
petasoses
petasus
petasuses
petaton
petatons
petaurine

Literary usage of Petard

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1. The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss, Jenny H. Stickney (1898)
"THE PINNACE AND THE petard. that the fowls and the monkey were as -*- lively as ever next morning, we set eagerly to work to bake for ourselves, ..."

2. Aide-mémoire to the Military Sciences: Framed from Contributions of Officers by Great Britain Army. Royal Engineers (1862)
"CRB Pint« I. petard.*—The petard, which formerly was part of the equipment of an army in the field, for the purpose of bursting open gates, ..."

3. Dansk-norsk-engelsk Ordbog by Johannes Magnussen (1902)
"petarde [c] petard; cracker. Peter Peter. Petersborg St. Petersburgh. Petit [c] [typograf.] brevier. Petersilie [c] parsley. Petroleum [n] petroleum ..."

4. The Truth about Port Arthur by E. K. Nozhin, Alexander Bertram Lindsay (1908)
"STOSSEL HOIST BY HIS OWN petard [CHAP.XXII. even in defiance of orders, there was reason to suspect that one victory over the enemy would have reinstated ..."

5. The Economics of Mining by Herbert Hoover, R. Gilman Brown (1907)
"HOIST BY HIS OWN petard (Editorial, April 27, 1905) A SPASM of exactitude has swept across the mining world; " ore-reserves " has become a term of dreaded ..."

6. The Economics of Mining by Herbert Hoover, R. Gilman Brown (1907)
"HOIST BY HIS OWN petard (Editorial, April 27, 1905) A SPASM of exactitude has swept across the mining world; "ore-reserves" has become a term of dreaded ..."

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