from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A relatively smoke-free propellant charge composed mainly of nitrocellulose, used in projectiles and small artillery rockets.
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- n. An explosive, similar to gunpowder, consisting of nitrocellulose mixed with nitroglycerine or nitroguanidine; it burns with very little smoke.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- A high-explosive gunpowder whose explosion produces little, if any, smoke. It is usually based on guncotton.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an explosive (trade name Ballistite) that burns with relatively little smoke; contains pyrocellulose and is used as a propellant
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