Cordites

cordite

[kawr-dahyt]
noun
a smokeless, slow-burning powder composed of 30 to 58 percent nitroglycerin, 37 to 65 percent cellulose nitrate, and 5 to 6 percent mineral jelly.
Also called pyrocellulose.


Origin:
1885–90; cord + -ite1, so called from its cordlike form

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cordite (ˈkɔːdaɪt)
 
n
any of various explosive materials used for propelling bullets, shells, etc, containing cellulose nitrate, sometimes mixed with nitroglycerine, plasticizers, and stabilizers
 
[C19: from cord + -ite1, referring to its stringy appearance]

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cordite
smokeless explosive," 1889, from cord; so called for its "curiously string-like appearance" in the words of a newspaper of the day.
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cordite   (kôr'dīt')  Pronunciation Key 
An explosive powder consisting of nitrocellulose, nitroglycerin, and petroleum jelly, used as a propellant for guns. It does not generate smoke and is shaped into cords.
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