Definitions for: Cordite

[n] explosive powder (nitroglycerin and guncotton and petrolatum) dissolved in acetone and dried and extruded in brown cords

Webster (1913) Definition: Cord"ite, n. [From Cord, n.] (Mil.)
A smokeless powder composed of nitroglycerin, guncotton, and
mineral jelly, and used by the British army and in other
services. In making it the ingredients are mixed into a paste
with the addition of acetone and pressed out into cords (of
various diameters) resembling brown twine, which are dried
and cut to length. A variety containing less nitroglycerin
than the original is known as cordite M. D.

See Also: cellulose nitrate, explosive, glyceryl trinitrate, guncotton, mineral jelly, nitrocellulose, nitrocotton, nitroglycerin, nitroglycerine, Nitrospan, Nitrostat, petrolatum, petroleum jelly, trinitroglycerin

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