• WordNet 3.6
    • n Congreve English playwright remembered for his comedies (1670-1729)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Congreve Short for Congreve match, an early friction match, containing sulphur, potassium chlorate, and antimony sulphide.
    • Congreve Short for Cogreve rocket, a powerful form of rocket formerly used in war, either in the field or for bombardment. In the former case it was armed with shell, shrapnel, or other missiles; in the latter, with an inextinguishable explosive material, inclosed in a metallic case. It was guided by a long wooden stick.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n Congreve A kind of lucifer match. See lucifer, 3.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Congreve kong′grēv a rocket for use in war, invented by Sir William Congreve (1772-1828)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
After Sir William Congreve, the inventor


In literature:

Congreve's character of Foresight, in Love for Love, was then no uncommon person, though the humour now is scarcely intelligible.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 1 (of 3)" by Isaac D'Israeli
It is a great loss to literature that Mrs. Millamant, the delightful heroine of Congreve's comedy, was no reader of Milton.
"Milton" by Sir Walter Alexander Raleigh
I'll wager my hat she saw my letter; I like her spunk; she's a thorough Congreve.
"Six Girls" by Fannie Belle Irving
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
I can refer to my Congreve, but I can't to my Pinero.
"Picture and Text" by Henry James
The strut or support of a Congreve rocket.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
The Congreve Rockets which were frightful at first, lost their terrors, and effected little.
"The Defence of Stonington (Connecticut) Against a British Squadron, August 9th to 12th, 1814" by J. Hammond Trumbull
We tolerate the humour of Congreve, not because it is thoroughly amusing, but because it has survived better than most.
"G. K. Chesterton, A Critical Study" by Julius West
The case is widely different with what Mr. Charles Lamb calls the conventional world of Wycherley and Congreve.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
Congreve, Captain W. N., 365; awarded the V.C., 366.
"History of the War in South Africa 1899-1902 v. 1 (of 4)" by Frederick Maurice

In poetry:

"What Fenton will not do, nor Gay,
Nor Congreve, Rowe, nor Stanyan,
Tom Burnet or Tom D'Urfey may,
John Dunton, Steele, or any one.
"Sandys Ghost ; A Proper Ballad on the New Ovid's Metamorphosis" by Alexander Pope
While Vanburgh, Congreve, Farquhar, heaven-endow'd,
To scourge bold Vice with Wit's resistless rod,
Embraced her chains, stood forth her priests avow'd,
And scatter'd flowers in every path she trod:
"Sheridan" by Thomas Gent

In news:

The Works of William Congreve edited by D.F.