Guy Fawkes Day
Gunpowder Gun"pow`der, n. (Chem.) A black, granular, explosive substance, consisting of an intimate mechanical mixture of saltpeter, charcoal, and sulphur. It is used in gunnery and blasting. [1913 Webster]

Note: Gunpowder consists of from 70 to 80 per cent of niter, with 10 to 15 per cent of each of the other ingredients. Its explosive energy is due to the fact that it contains the necessary amount of oxygen for its own combustion, and liberates gases (chiefly nitrogen and carbon dioxide), which occupy a thousand or fifteen hundred times more space than the powder which generated them. [1913 Webster]

{Gunpowder pile driver}, a pile driver, the hammer of which is thrown up by the explosion of gunpowder.

{Gunpowder plot} (Eng. Hist.), a plot to destroy the King, Lords, and Commons, in revenge for the penal laws against Catholics. As Guy Fawkes, the agent of the conspirators, was about to fire the mine, which was placed under the House of Lords, he was seized, Nov. 5, 1605. Hence, Nov. 5 is known in England as {Guy Fawkes Day}.

{Gunpowder tea}, a species of fine green tea, each leaf of which is rolled into a small ball or pellet. [1913 Webster]


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  • Guy Fawkes Day — Guy′ Fawkes′ Day [[t]ˈgaɪ ˈfɔks[/t]] n. why (in Britain) November 5, celebrating the anniversary of the capture of Guy Fawkes Compare Gunpowder Plot …   From formal English to slang

  • Guy Fawkes Day — n. in England, a day (Nov. 5) commemorating the foiling of the Gunpowder Plot: celebrated with fireworks, guys, etc …   English World dictionary

  • Guy Fawkes Day — noun day for the celebration of the discovery of the Gunpowder Plot (Freq. 1) • Regions: ↑United Kingdom, ↑UK, ↑U.K., ↑Britain, ↑United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, ↑Great Britain …   Useful english dictionary

  • Guy Fawkes Day — /guy fawks / (in Britain) November 5, celebrating the anniversary of the capture of Guy Fawkes. Cf. Gunpowder Plot. * * * …   Universalium

  • Guy Fawkes Day — Die Schwarzpulververschwörer, Zeichnung von Crispijn van de Passe dem Älteren. Dritter von rechts: Guy Fawkes. Die Schießpulververschwörung (engl. Gunpowder Plot, seiner Zeit als Powder treason (Pulververrat) bekannt) war ein Versuch von… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Guy Fawkes Day — noun Date: 1825 November 5 observed in England in commemoration of the seizure of Guy Fawkes in 1605 for an attempt to blow up the houses of parliament …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Guy Fawkes Day — /gaɪ ˈfɔks/ (say guy fawks) noun 5 November, the anniversary of the discovery of the Gunpowder Plot, celebrated in Britain by fireworks, etc …   Australian English dictionary

  • Guy Fawkes River — Untere und obere Ebor Falls im Verlauf des Guy Fawkes RiverVorlage:Infobox Fluss/KARTE fehlt …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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