Definition of cordite in English:

cordite

Syllabification: cord·ite
Pronunciation: /ˈkôrˌdīt
 
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noun

  • 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.

Origin

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

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