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powder burn

noun

  1. a skin burn caused by exploding gunpowder.


powder burn

noun

  1. a superficial burn of the skin caused by a momentary intense explosion, esp of gunpowder


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Word History and Origins

Origin of powder burn1

An Americanism dating back to 1840–50

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Example Sentences

It has a low ignition temperature of 261 C., and makes the powder burn more readily.

This was another politician; no bloodless victory would be his; fur would fly first, powder burn—Wow!

I will endeavour not to hold the revolver sufficiently close to have the powder burn my clothes.

His cheek was laid open, a bullet had torn his thigh, and a powder burn streaked his neck, but he felt these hurts not at all.

A few hours ago I could have sworn it was a powder burn; the streak left by a burning fuse.

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