f. -ax in bonax, primax, names of sporting cartridges manufactured by Messrs. Kynoch (I.C.I. Metals Ltd.) + -ite of cordite.
A smokeless powder for sporting rifles, composed of strip cordite in which a little of the gun-cotton is replaced by potassium nitrate.
1904 in Trade Mark Jrnl. 19 Oct. 1905 Kynoch Jrnl. Jan.–Mar. 86 ‘Axite’ Service cartridge. 1919 E. de B. Barnett Explosives 78 Axite‥is practically Cordite M.D. to which 2 per cent. of potassium nitrate has been added. 1921 Blackw. Mag. Dec. 802/2 A high-velocity axite charge.