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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
(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]
a smokeless explosive powder composed of nitroglycerin, cellulose nitrate, and mineral jelly.
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|Noun||1.||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)