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- n. An explosive consisting of guncotton and camphor dissolved in nitroglycerin.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An explosive consisting of gun cotton and camphor dissolved in nitroglycerin.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An explosive consisting largely of nitroglycerin with smaller proportions of guncotton and camphor.
- n. This important explosive has no relation in chemical composition to gelatin. The name has reference merely to its jelly-like consistence. Its value depends in large measure upon the fact that of its two principal components the one, guncotton, contains an insufficient proportion of oxygen for complete combustion, while the other, nitroglycerin, contains an excess of the same element; by blending proper quantities of the two, complete oxidation of the carbon and hydrogen is effected, with consequent maximum evolution of energy.
nitro- + gelatin (Wiktionary)