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noun

any of various substitutes for ordinary gunpowder that give off little or no smoke, especially one composed wholly or mostly of guncotton.

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Origin of smokeless powder

First recorded in 1885–90
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smokeless powder

noun

any one of a number of explosives that burn with relatively little smoke. They consist mainly of nitrocellulose and are used as propellants
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