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.
Origin of guncotton
First recorded in 1840–50; gun1
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
Examples from the Web for guncotton
Historical Examples of guncotton
"Like litmus paper under the influence of an acid," explains Guncotton.
"We have orders in case of no Germans are there," said Guncotton.
Look, for instance, at our friend Cotton, our good Guncotton.
Holding in one hand the wad of guncotton the size of his head, he applied a match to it.
Both "guncotton" and "gun-cottom" are used and have not been changed.
British Dictionary definitions for guncotton
cellulose nitrate containing a relatively large amount of nitrogen: used as an explosive
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