Definition of cordite in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkɔːdʌɪt/


[mass noun]
A smokeless explosive made from nitrocellulose, nitroglycerine, and petroleum jelly, used in ammunition.
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 string-like appearance) + -ite1.

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