ballistite

ballistite

[bal-uh-stahyt]
noun Chemistry.
a smokeless powder consisting of nitroglycerine and cellulose nitrate chiefly in a 40 to 60 percent ratio: used as a solid fuel for rockets.

Origin:
1890–95; formerly a trademark

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ballistite

noun
an explosive (trade name Ballistite) that burns with relatively little smoke; contains pyrocellulose and is used as a propellant [syn: smokeless powder
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