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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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Eastriggs is home to the Devil's Porridge Museum which tells the story of HM Factory Gretna, the UK's biggest cordite factory in World War One.
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The following year Cordite, a stick-type smokeless propellant composed of nitroglycerine, gun-cotton, and mineral jelly, was adopted for use in the new rifle.
(Similar formulae were also used during the transition between black powder and the smokeless Cordite. The .500 black powder express was loaded with 136 grains of Curtis and Harvey's No.
NOSTRILS filled with cordite A crashing bang, a flashing light A crater now exists Bodies contorted in unspeakable twists Blood and guts spattered all around Covering the mud soaked ground "Over the top" came the cry Not knowing how many men would die The barbed wire of No Man's Land Holding each corpse; a grasping hand " Gas!
The girls worked all day long with highly explosive materials, TNT and cordite among them, the explosive powder to fill the shells and bombs came sealed in cloth bags which were discarded afterwards.
In those days the main use of acetone was in the production of cordite, the propellant used in the standard British rifle cartridge.
The "phoney war" of warm-up matches, as England manager Martin Johnson described it, is over and Lawes is desperate for a whiff of Rugby World Cup cordite.
The new technology developed by Birmingham University researchers will allow the players to sniff out cordite, diesel fumes, and burning rubber.
That was a nice article by Steve Gash (December '08), but there were some omissions, We are led to believe the Mk VII cordite round followed the Mk I black powder round.
"Cordite hung in the air." was a statement in a recent national LE magazine (not ours, by the way!).