smokeless powder

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smokeless powder

n.
A relatively smoke-free propellant charge composed mainly of nitrocellulose, used in projectiles and small artillery rockets.

smokeless powder

n
(Elements & Compounds) any one of a number of explosives that burn with relatively little smoke. They consist mainly of nitrocellulose and are used as propellants

smoke′less pow′der


n.
any of various substitutes for ordinary gunpowder that give off little or no smoke.
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Noun1.smokeless powder - an explosive (trade name Ballistite) that burns with relatively little smoke; contains pyrocellulose and is used as a propellant
explosive - a chemical substance that undergoes a rapid chemical change (with the production of gas) on being heated or struck
pyrocellulose - nitrocellulose containing less nitrogen than guncotton; used in making smokeless powder
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