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  • n. Plural form of gunpowder.


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  • Moreover, the '06 is now a lot more powerful than when it first appeared, because the slow-burning gunpowders we have today produce much higher velocities than the propellants that were available before World War I.

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  • The elimination of these mechanical impurities, and also to a very great extent of coloured compounds contained in the fibrous nitrate, makes the product also useful in the manufacture of celluloids, artificial silk, &c., whilst its very dense form gives it a great advantage over ordinary fibrous guncotton for use in shells and torpedoes, and for the manufacture of gelatinised gunpowders, &c.

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  • ~Amberite~ is a nitro-cellulose powder of the 42-grain type of sporting gunpowders, and is manufactured by Messrs Curtis's & Harvey Limited, at their Smokeless Powder Factory, Tonbridge, Kent.

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  • [Footnote A: For further details of cannonite, see First Edition, p. 181.] ~Smokeless Diamond~, also manufactured by the above mentioned firm, is a nitro-cellulose powder of the 33-grain type of sporting gunpowders.

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  • When a man becomes Minister of War he learns for the first time that apparently the great majority of mankind are engaged in the manufacture or invention of rifles, gunpowders, and devices of all kinds for the destruction of the rest of the world.

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  • The foregoing appliances enabled accurate comparisons to be made at all points between different gunpowders, and to determine the various matters required in the manufacture of the first quality for the various arms of service.

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  • And have you got drunk yet with brandy and gunpowders?

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  • kars, gunpowders, an uther metal things nawt kurrentlee stapled to a hyoomins fase?

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  • A body shot radially from the surface of the moon would need to have a velocity of only about a mile and a half in a second in order to escape from the moon's control, and we can believe that a lunar volcano when in action could have imparted such a velocity, all the more readily because with modern gunpowders we have been able to give to projectiles a speed one half as great as that needed for liberation from lunar gravity.

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