The New Student's Reference Work/Petard

From Wikisource
Jump to: navigation, search
The New Student's Reference Work (1914)
Petard
See also Petard on Wikipedia, and the disclaimer.


Petard (pē-tärd′), an instrument for blowing open the gates of a fortress or demolishing palisades.  It consisted of an iron or wooden case filled with powder and ball; this was firmly fastened to a plank provided with hooks, by which it was securely attached to a gate.  The petard, which was lighted by a slow match, has been superseded by powder-bags.