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Definition of "guncotton" [gun•cot•ton]

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "guncotton" in a sentence
  • "The gunpowder is composed of carbon and other substances, making it highly combustible; and the guncotton is another combustible preparation."
  • "I need not trouble you now with the way it is prepared; it is called guncotton (6)."
  • "Such terrible explosives as trinitrotoluene occasionally mentioned in the published war reports, as well as many others, have as the principal agent of destructive force guncotton, which is ordinary raw cotton or cellulose treated with nitric or sulphuric acid, though there are, of course, other chemicals used in compounding the various forms of deadly explosives."