petard

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English[edit]

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the use of a petard

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle French petarder, see Modern French pétard (firecracker).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /pɪˈtɑːd/
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  • (US) IPA(key): /pɪˈtɑɹd/
  • Rhymes: -ɑː(r)d

Noun[edit]

petard (plural petards)

  1. (historical) A small, hat-shaped explosive device, used to breach a door or wall.
    • 1751, [Tobias] Smollett, “He is Concerned in a Dangerous Adventure with a Certain Gardener; []”, in The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle [], volume I, London: Harrison and Co., [], published 1781, OCLC 316121541, page 49, column 1:
      [...] Pipes, who acted as the enemy's forlorn hope, advanced to the gate with great intrepidity, and clapping his foot to the door, which was none of the ſtouteſt, with the execution and diſpatch of a petard, ſplit it into a thouſand pieces.
  2. Anything potentially explosive, in a non-literal sense.
  3. (rare) A loud firecracker.

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Verb[edit]

petard (third-person singular simple present petards, present participle petarding, simple past and past participle petarded)

Illustration of guy petarding the door
  1. (now rare, archaic) To attack or blow a hole in (something) with a petard.
    • 1603, Michel de Montaigne, chapter 56, in John Florio, transl., The Essayes [], book I, London: [] Val[entine] Simmes for Edward Blount [], OCLC 946730821:
      The souldier, if he but goe to besiege a cottage, to scale a castle, to rob a church, to pettard [transl. petarder] a gate, to force a religious house, or any villanous act, before he attempt it praieth to God for his assistance, though his intents and hopes be full-fraught with crueltie, murther, covetise, luxurie, sacrilege, and all iniquitie.

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Polish[edit]

Noun[edit]

petard f

  1. genitive plural of petarda

Swedish[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From French pétard, used since 1600.

Noun[edit]

petard c

  1. a petard (small bomb)
  2. a petard (firecracker)

Declension[edit]

Declension of petard 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative petard petarden petarder petarderna
Genitive petards petardens petarders petardernas

Synonyms[edit]

bomb
firecracker

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