Congreve rocket

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Congreve rocket a powerful form of rocket for use in war, invented by Sir William Congreve. It may be used either in the field or for bombardment; in the former case, it is armed with shells or case shot; in the latter, with a combustible material inclosed in a metallic case, which is inextinguishable when kindled, and scatters its fire on every side.
    • Congreve rocket See congreve and cf. Rocket.
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Usage

In literature:

Sixty-eight pounders to demolish huts of cocoanut boughs, and Congreve rockets to set on fire a few canoe sheds!
"Typee" by Herman Melville
The "Albatross" glided on its bed of air like a Congreve rocket.
"Rubur the Conqueror" by Jules Verne
Effect of a Congreve Rocket after dark.
"Discoveries in Australia, Volume 1." by J Lort Stokes
CONGREVE, SIR WILLIAM, an English artillery officer, inventor of the rocket which bears his name (1772-1828).
"The Nuttall Encyclopaedia" by Edited by Rev. James Wood
Whatever comes from England, be it Congreve rockets, or vegetable pills, must needs be perfect.
"Servia, Youngest Member of the European Family" by Andrew Archibald Paton
Sir William Congreve (1772-1828) invented "Congreve rockets" or shells in 1804.
"The Works of Lord Byron, Volume 6" by Lord Byron
A congreve rocket had been placed in a tube and ignited, when it hung within it instead of flying out.
"Our Sailors" by W.H.G. Kingston
A large Congreve rocket from the smaller steamer entered a proa which had stood out to sea, and completely destroyed her.
"How Britannia Came to Rule the Waves" by W.H.G. Kingston
A meteor-like shower of Congreve rockets accompanied the balls, filling the air for fifteen minutes with these missiles of terror.
"The Battle of New Orleans" by Zachary F. Smith
Flat-bottomed boats, fitted with rocket-frames to fire Congreve rockets from, in naval bombardment.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
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