A smokeless explosive powder consisting of nitrocellulose, nitroglycerin, and petrolatum that has been dissolved in acetone, dried, and extruded in cords.(noun)
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Use "cordite" in a sentence
"The smoke and smell of cordite is absolutely overwhelming."
"Nitro-glycerine is also largely used in the manufacture of smokeless powders, such as cordite, ballistite, and several others."
"The former smokeless powder, containing a large percentage of nitro-glycerine such as "cordite," produced such an effect that the guns were used up and practically worthless, after firing fifty to sixty rounds."