Definition of cordite in English:


Syllabification: cord·ite
Pronunciation: /ˈkôrˌdīt


  • A smokeless explosive made from nitrocellulose, nitroglycerine, and petroleum jelly, used in ammunition.
    More example sentences
    • In the munitions factories, great care was needed not to cause any sparks while making cordite using nitroglycerin - and the workers also needed to be sober.
    • Sobrero's substance also found use as a key ingredient in two smokeless powders, ballistic and cordite, from which all modern bullets derive their construction.
    • He also coinvented the explosive powder cordite and even worked in collaboration with legendary chemist Pierre Curie.


late 19th century: from cord (because of its stringlike appearance) + -ite1.

More definitions of cordite

Definition of cordite in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day mage
Pronunciation: māj
a magician or learned person