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cord·ite

 (kôr′dīt′)
n.
Any of a family of smokeless explosive powders consisting chiefly of nitrocellulose, nitroglycerin, and petrolatum that have been dissolved in acetone, dried, and extruded in cords

cordite

(ˈkɔːdaɪt)
n
(Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery) any of various explosive materials used for propelling bullets, shells, etc, containing cellulose nitrate, sometimes mixed with nitroglycerine, plasticizers, and stabilizers
[C19: from cord + -ite1, referring to its stringy appearance]

cord•ite

(ˈkɔr daɪt)

n.
a smokeless explosive powder composed of nitroglycerin, cellulose nitrate, and mineral jelly.
[1885–90]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cordite - explosive powder (nitroglycerin and guncotton and petrolatum) dissolved in acetone and dried and extruded in brown cords
explosive compound - a compound that is explosive
cellulose nitrate, guncotton, nitrocellulose, nitrocotton - a nitric acid ester; used in lacquers and explosives
glyceryl trinitrate, nitroglycerin, nitroglycerine, Nitrospan, Nitrostat, trinitroglycerin - a heavy yellow poisonous oily explosive liquid obtained by nitrating glycerol; used in making explosives and medically as a vasodilator (trade names Nitrospan and Nitrostat)
mineral jelly, petrolatum, petroleum jelly - a semisolid mixture of hydrocarbons obtained from petroleum; used in medicinal ointments and for lubrication
Translations

cordite

[ˈkɔːdaɪt] Ncordita f

cordite

[ˈkɔːrdaɪt] ncordite f

cordite

nCordit nt
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THE election battle may be over, but the dust is still swirling around and the stench of cordite still lingers in the atmosphere.
With the outbreak of the First World War in 1914, SW&P answered Great Britain's cri de coeur for acetone, which was needed as a solvent to manufacture cordite, a component needed in the smokeless propellant used in shells and bullets.
A memory flashback made him stop still and stare, The bittersweet smell of cordite hung in the air.
When it became evident that smokeless powder was the coming thing, in 1891 Britain adopted a smokeless load of 31 grains of extruded, strand-like Cordite for its .
During the First World War, the company expanded to take on 18,000 workers as it contracted to manufacture each week 25 million rifle cartridges, 300,000 revolver cartridges, 500,000 cartridge clips, 110,000 18-pounder brass casesand 300 tons of cordite.
It was only when Miliband asked him twice if the civil service had raised concerns about appointing the News of the World editor to Downing Street that everyone smelled the cordite of a smoking gun.