from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of a family of smokeless explosive powders consisting chiefly of nitrocellulose, nitroglycerin, and petrolatum that have been dissolved in acetone, dried, and extruded in cords

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A smokeless powder, introduced in 1889, and adopted in the British military and naval service for small arms and guns of all calibers.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Mil.) A smokeless powder composed of nitroglycerin, guncotton, and mineral jelly, and used by the British army and in other services. In making it the ingredients are mixed into a paste with the addition of acetone and pressed out into cords (of various diameters) resembling brown twine, which are dried and cut to length. A variety containing less nitroglycerin than the original is known as cordite M. D.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A smokeless propellent made by combining two high explosives, nitrocellulose and nitroglycerine, used in some firearm ammunition.

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

  • noun explosive powder (nitroglycerin and guncotton and petrolatum) dissolved in acetone and dried and extruded in brown cords


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

cord +‎ -ite; the material is manufactured into short cordlike cylinders.



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