from The Century Dictionary.
- noun Wood ground to a meal-like powder: used in paper-making, in the manufacture of explosives, and as a constituent of some plastic materials. See
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It closely resembles wood-sawings, and on that account is named “wood-meal”.
Carbonite (25 per cent. nitro-gelatine, 40 per cent. wood-meal, and 30 per cent. nitrates) 198
Stonite (68 per cent. nitro-gelatine and 32 per cent. wood-meal) 253
In the light-stock holes have been made to give support to the pin, and perhaps to facilitate the formation of the half-carbonised wood-meal which the drilling loosens from the light-stock and in which the red heat arises.