follow Dictionary.com

Is it sneaked or snuck?

cordite

[kawr-dahyt] /ˈkɔr daɪt/
noun
1.
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 of cordite
1885-1890
1885-90; cord + -ite1, so called from its cordlike form
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for cordite
British Dictionary definitions for cordite

cordite

/ˈkɔːdaɪt/
noun
1.
any of various explosive materials used for propelling bullets, shells, etc, containing cellulose nitrate, sometimes mixed with nitroglycerine, plasticizers, and stabilizers
Word Origin
C19: from cord + -ite1, referring to its stringy appearance
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for cordite
n.

smokeless explosive, 1889, from cord + -ite (2); so called for its "curiously string-like appearance" in the words of a newspaper of the day.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
cordite in Science
cordite
  (kôr'dīt')   
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.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
Copyright © 2002. Published by Houghton Mifflin. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for cordite

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for cordite

10
11
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for cordite