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smokeless powder

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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A relatively smoke-free propellant charge composed mainly of nitrocellulose, used in projectiles and small artillery rockets.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An explosive, similar to gunpowder, consisting of nitrocellulose mixed with nitroglycerine or nitroguanidine; it burns with very little smoke.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • A high-explosive gunpowder whose explosion produces little, if any, smoke. It is usually based on guncotton.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an explosive (trade name Ballistite) that burns with relatively little smoke; contains pyrocellulose and is used as a propellant

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