American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A pulpy or cottonlike polymer derived from cellulose treated with sulfuric and nitric acids and used in the manufacture of explosives, collodion, plastics, and solid monopropellants. Also called guncotton, cellulose nitrate.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A cellulose ether; a compound of nitric acid and cellulose. The name is given both to guncotton and to the substance from which collodion is made. See
- n. organic chemistry A cotton-like material, made from cellulose by the action of nitric and sulphuric acids, used in the manufacture of explosives, collodion etc.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Chem.) See Gun cotton, under gun.
- n. a nitric acid ester; used in lacquers and explosives
“So how can we know how much nitrocellulose is its equivalent?”
“Be this as it may, nitrocellulose is a duly respected member of the family of macromolecules, and I take pride in laying claim to scientific kinship to Alfred Nobel through an interest in this substance, however tenuous the connection may be.”
“They're not made from plain plastic, but nitrocellulose, which is delightfully, highly flammable.”
“These nitrates are variously known as nitrocellulose, pyroxylin, and gun cotton.”
“I studied both black and white and color photography in my homemade darkroom, and studied various earlier photographic techniques (i.e. daguerreotypes, tintypes, etc.) and discovered 1st hand the dangerousness of certain chemicals or materials (e.g. nitrocellulose-based film), even with proper ventilation.”
“Nitrogen is used to make a variety of explosives including ammonium nitrate, nitroglycerin, nitrocellulose, and trinitrotoluene (TNT).”
“Hiskey's formulation uses nitrocellulose as fuel and nitrates as oxidizer, thus avoiding perchlorates altogether.”
“The gunpowder/nitrocellulose/cordite or other explosives used to fire bullets or shells contain their own chemical oxidisers in the mixture so they don't need air.”
“Brass, copper, lead, with added nitrocellulose to provide more bang for your buck.”
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