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a smokeless rocket propellant composed of roughly equal proportions of the explosives nitrocellulose and nitroglycerine
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Noun1.Ballistite - 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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In 1880, cases began to be made of brass, and in 1890, Ballistite smokeless powder became the propellant of choice.
Two variants, the Polish PMK-DGN-60 and Yugoslavian M70B1/AB2 have gas cutoffs to permit firing rifle grenades with ballistite (blank) cartridges.