Pe*tard" (?), n. [F. p'etard, fr. p'eter to break wind, to crack, to explode, L. pedere, peditum.] Mil.
A case containing powder to be exploded, esp. a conical or cylindrical case of metal filled with powder and attached to a plank, to be exploded against and break down gates, barricades, drawbridges, etc. It has been superseded.
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