any of various substitutes for ordinary gunpowder that give off little or no smoke, especially one composed wholly or mostly of guncotton.
DON’T VACILLATE! VANQUISH THIS WORD OF THE DAY QUIZ!
It’d be a real faux pas to miss this quiz on the words from August 3–9, 2020!
Question 1 of 7
What does “vacillate” mean?
Origin of smokeless powder
First recorded in 1885–90
Words nearby smokeless powder
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020
Example sentences from the Web for smokeless powder
All smokeless-powder charges for mortars will be issued made up, ready for use, as the charges vary with each lot of powder.The Gunner's Examiner|Harold E. Cloke
British Dictionary definitions for smokeless powder
any one of a number of explosives that burn with relatively little smoke. They consist mainly of nitrocellulose and are used as propellants
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012