a smokeless, slow-burning powder composed of 30 to 58 percent nitroglycerin, 37 to 65 percent nitrocellulose, and 5 to 6 percent mineral jelly.
- Also called pyrocellulose.
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How to use cordite in a sentence
It’s not even gunshot residue on the hands of your prime suspect, but there is a distinct whiff of cordite in the air which may be suggesting something.Signs of Life on Venus Hint at Biology Pretty Much Anywhere in the Universe | Jeffrey Kluger | September 15, 2020 | Time
By now the air in the room was awful, hanging with the smell of cordite, lit only by the muzzle flashes.
Its weight is staggering, and it shoots a solid ball, backed up by a fearful charge of cordite.In Africa | John T. McCutcheon
Up another gangway enough cordite to blow up the whole of Liverpool was being gingerly carried in small cases.The Relief of Mafeking | Filson Young
His feet were scorched with burning cordite, and momentarily he released his grip of his enemy's throat, which he had seized.The Daffodil Mystery | Edgar Wallace
A bursting shell had started a fire among some cordite charges in the casemate.The Heroic Record of the British Navy | Archibald Hurd
A high velocity cordite rifle is dangerous to the country people, and some rifle firing black powder should be used.The Panjab, North-West Frontier Province, and Kashmir | Sir James McCrone Douie
British Dictionary definitions for cordite
any of various explosive materials used for propelling bullets, shells, etc, containing cellulose nitrate, sometimes mixed with nitroglycerine, plasticizers, and stabilizers
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Scientific definitions for cordite
An explosive powder consisting of nitrocellulose, nitroglycerin, and petroleum jelly, used as a propellant for guns. It does not generate smoke and is shaped into cords.
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