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(Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery) cellulose nitrate containing a relatively large amount of nitrogen: used as an explosive
a highly explosive nitrocellulose made by digesting clean cotton in a mixture of one part nitric acid and three parts sulfuric acid and used in making smokeless powder.
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|Noun||1.||guncotton - a nitric acid ester; used in lacquers and explosives|
blasting gelatin - mixture of guncotton with nitroglycerin
cordite - explosive powder (nitroglycerin and guncotton and petrolatum) dissolved in acetone and dried and extruded in brown cords
cellulose ester - any ester of cellulose with an acid
pyrocellulose - nitrocellulose containing less nitrogen than guncotton; used in making smokeless powder
pyroxylin, pyroxyline - highly flammable nitrocellulose used in making collodion and plastics and lacquers
celluloid - highly flammable substance made from cellulose nitrate and camphor; used in e.g. motion-picture and X-ray film; its use has decreased with the development of nonflammable thermoplastics
nitrate - any compound containing the nitrate group (such as a salt or ester of nitric acid)