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cordite

[kawr-dahyt]
noun
  1. a smokeless, slow-burning powder composed of 30 to 58 percent nitroglycerin, 37 to 65 percent cellulose nitrate, and 5 to 6 percent mineral jelly.
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Origin of cordite

1885–90; cord + -ite1, so called from its cordlike form
Also called pyrocellulose.
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British Dictionary definitions for cordite

cordite

noun
  1. 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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Word Origin for cordite

C19: from cord + -ite 1, referring to its stringy appearance
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Word Origin and History for cordite

n.

smokeless explosive, 1889, from cord + -ite (2); so called for its "curiously string-like appearance" in the words of a newspaper of the day.

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cordite in Science

cordite

[kôrdīt′]
  1. 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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