from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A highly flammable nitrocellulose used in the manufacture of collodion, plastics, and lacquers.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A highly inflammable form of nitrocellulose; used in the manufacture of collodion and lacquers.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A substance resembling gun cotton in composition and properties, but distinct in that it is more highly nitrified and is soluble in alcohol, ether, etc.; -- called also pyroxyle.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Guncotton or a similar substance obtained by immersing vegetable fiber in nitric or nitrosulphuric acid, and then suffering it to dry. Such substances are nitro-derivatives of cellulose. Also pyroxyle.
- n. This term is now usually applied to the less highly nitrated product of the interaction of cellulose and nitric acid, soluble in a mixture of ether and alcohol, not to the more highly nitrated insoluble gun-cotton used as an explosive.
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- n. highly flammable nitrocellulose used in making collodion and plastics and lacquers
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