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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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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
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Cordite was made by extruding a mixture of nitrocellulose and nitroglycerin dissolved in acetone through small holes.