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A relatively smoke-free propellant charge composed mainly of nitrocellulose, used in projectiles and small artillery rockets.
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(Elements & Compounds) any one of a number of explosives that burn with relatively little smoke. They consist mainly of nitrocellulose and are used as propellants
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any of various substitutes for ordinary gunpowder that give off little or no smoke.
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|Noun||1.||smokeless powder - an explosive (trade name Ballistite) that burns with relatively little smoke; contains pyrocellulose and is used as a propellant|
explosive - a chemical substance that undergoes a rapid chemical change (with the production of gas) on being heated or struck
pyrocellulose - nitrocellulose containing less nitrogen than guncotton; used in making smokeless powder
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