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noun Chemistry.
  1. a smokeless powder consisting of nitroglycerine and cellulose nitrate chiefly in a 40 to 60 percent ratio: used as a solid fuel for rockets.
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Origin of ballistite

First recorded in 1890–95; formerly a trademark
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Historical Examples

  • For ballistite the nitrocellulose is beaten up with nitroglycerine in water.

    The New Gresham Encyclopedia


  • 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.