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guncotton

[guhn-kot-n]
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noun
  1. a highly explosive cellulose nitrate, made by digesting clean cotton in a mixture of one part nitric acid and three parts sulfuric acid: used in making smokeless powder.

Origin of guncotton

First recorded in 1840–50; gun1 + cotton
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Examples from the Web for guncotton

Historical Examples

  • "Like litmus paper under the influence of an acid," explains Guncotton.

    My Austrian Love

    Maxime Provost

  • "We have orders in case of no Germans are there," said Guncotton.

    My Austrian Love

    Maxime Provost

  • Look, for instance, at our friend Cotton, our good Guncotton.

    My Austrian Love

    Maxime Provost

  • Holding in one hand the wad of guncotton the size of his head, he applied a match to it.

    Dynamite Stories

    Hudson Maxim

  • Both "guncotton" and "gun-cottom" are used and have not been changed.

    The Gunner's Examiner

    Harold E. Cloke


British Dictionary definitions for guncotton

guncotton

noun
  1. cellulose nitrate containing a relatively large amount of nitrogen: used as an explosive
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