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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Cordite  \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.} 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  cordite 
  n  :  explosive  powder  (nitroglycerin  and  guncotton  and 
  petrolatum)  dissolved  in  acetone  and  dried  and  extruded 
  in  brown  cords 




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