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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • All smokeless-powder charges for mortars will be issued made up, ready for use, as the charges vary with each lot of powder.

    The Gunner's Examiner Harold E. Cloke
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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