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(Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery) cellulose nitrate containing a relatively large amount of nitrogen: used as an explosive


(ˈgʌnˌkɒt n)

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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Noun1.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)


[ˈgʌnˌkɒtn] Nalgodón m pólvora
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Policemen later found nitrocellulose, an explosive material also known as guncotton, at his home.
"Guncotton" worked in some firearms, but blew up others--and a number of factories.
The following year Cordite, a stick-type smokeless propellant composed of nitroglycerine, guncotton, and mineral jelly, was adopted.
James Perloff, in "False Flag at Sea--Lusitania," lists among the items illegally on board guncotton, a high explosive used by the British when manufacturing military mines.
The collodion is derived from a flammable compound known as guncotton (in other uses, it's flash paper) dissolved in sulfuric and nitric acids.
Nitroglycerine, guncotton and petroleum jelly were combined and extruded into spaghetti-like strands to make the revolutionary, double-based propellant.