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Saltpeter

noun
1.
(KNO3) used especially as a fertilizer and explosive.  Synonyms: niter, nitre, potassium nitrate, saltpetre.






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"Saltpeter" Quotes from Famous Books



... of gunpowder, a compound of saltpeter, charcoal, and sulphur, has often been attributed to Bacon, probably incorrectly. Bacon and other men of his time seem to have been familiar with the composition of gunpowder, but they regarded it as merely a sort ...
— EARLY EUROPEAN HISTORY • HUTTON WEBSTER

... applications of the different styles of sugar machines are the defibration of raw sugar juice, freeing beet crystals of objectionable salts, freeing various crystals of the mother liquor, drying saltpeter. ...
— Scientific American Supplement, No. 613, October 1, 1887 • Various

... is the result of a chemical change whereby carbonic acid gas at high tension is evolved (due to the saltpeter and the charcoal), the effect and rapidity of action are greatly promoted by the addition of sulphur. On the contrary, dynamite, now so important, and various similar explosives, are but mixtures of nitro-glycerine ...
— Scientific American Supplement, No. 288 - July 9, 1881 • Various



Words linked to "Saltpeter" :   fertiliser, plant food, fertilizer, nitrate



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