propellant explosive


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Noun1.propellant explosive - an explosive that is used to propel projectiles from guns or to propel rockets and missiles or to launch torpedos and depth charges
explosive - a chemical substance that undergoes a rapid chemical change (with the production of gas) on being heated or struck
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Acetone was needed for cordite, a powerful propellant explosive used for firing shells without tell-tale smoke.