from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A pulpy or cottonlike polymer derived from cellulose treated with sulfuric and nitric acids and used in the manufacture of explosives, collodion, plastics, and solid monopropellants. Also called guncotton, cellulose nitrate.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A cotton-like material, made from cellulose by the action of nitric and sulphuric acids, used in the manufacture of explosives, collodion etc.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. See Gun cotton, under gun.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A cellulose ether; a compound of nitric acid and cellulose.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a nitric acid ester; used in lacquers and explosives
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