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blank cartridge

noun, Ordnance.
a cartridge containing powder only, without a bullet.
Origin of blank cartridge
First recorded in 1820-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • To him I was to give a letter, which for safety was rolled into a blank cartridge in my little pistol cartridge box.

  • A blank cartridge was fired to warn her away, but she paid no heed.

  • Pragmatically, then, the abstract word 'design' is a blank cartridge.

    Pragmatism William James
  • They shouted, called, fired off blank cartridge,—but no response came.

  • "blank cartridge," said the Squire, as he rode away amid much waving of handkerchiefs.

    Two Knapsacks John Campbell
  • The word and the report of the blank cartridge came together.

    The White Crystals Howard R. Garis
  • After daylight the next morning the chase obeyed the signal of a blank cartridge and proved to be—a Dutch vessel!

  • Then, with infinite fervour, he said—But let us put in blank cartridge—he said, "———!"

    The Wheels of Chance H. G. Wells
  • The latter gives orders that Cavaradossi's execution shall only be a sham one, blank cartridge being substituted for bullets.

    The Opera R.A. Streatfeild
  • At the same time I would advise you to give it them with a blank cartridge.

British Dictionary definitions for blank cartridge

blank cartridge

a cartridge containing powder but no bullet: used in battle practice or as a signal
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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