- a smokeless powder consisting of nitroglycerine and cellulose nitrate chiefly in a 40 to 60 percent ratio: used as a solid fuel for rockets.
Origin of ballistite
First recorded in 1890–95; formerly a trademark
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For ballistite the nitrocellulose is beaten up with nitroglycerine in water.
The powder used with the 12-1/2-pounder was that known as 'ballistite.'The Transvaal from Within
J. P. Fitzpatrick
Ballistite was adopted by the Italian government in 1890 as a military powder.
Ballistite: equal parts of nitroglycerine and soluble nitrocotton with some mineral jelly.
It was in the beginning of 1888 that he invented his well-known smokeless powder, or ballistite.Inventors at Work