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smokeless powder

any of various substitutes for ordinary gunpowder that give off little or no smoke, especially one composed wholly or mostly of guncotton.
Origin of smokeless powder
1885-90 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for smokeless powder
  • smokeless powder means solid chemicals or solid chemical mixtures that function by rapid combustion.
  • Telescopic sights and smokeless powder are not allowed.
  • Since neither side used smokeless powder, the entire battlefield would be enveloped in smoke once the firing began.
British Dictionary definitions for smokeless powder

smokeless powder

any one of a number of explosives that burn with relatively little smoke. They consist mainly of nitrocellulose and are used as propellants
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