guncotton

[guhn-kot-n]
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noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. gun-toting,
  2. gun.,
  3. guna,
  4. gunboat,
  5. gunboat diplomacy,
  6. gunda,
  7. gundi,
  8. gunfight,
  9. gunfighter,
  10. gunfire

Origin of guncotton

First recorded in 1840–50; gun1 + cotton

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British Dictionary definitions for guncotton

guncotton

noun

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