pyrocellulose


pyrocellulose
/puy'reuh sel"yeuh lohs'/, n.
cordite.
[1905-10; PYRO- + (NITRO)CELLULOSE]

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  • pyrocellulose — noun nitrocellulose (cellulose nitrate) used in the manufacture of smokeless powder …   Wiktionary

  • pyrocellulose — py·ro·cellulose …   English syllables

  • Smokeless powder — is the name given to a number of propellants used in firearms and artillery which produce negligible smoke when fired, unlike the older gunpowder (black powder) which they replaced. The basis of the term smokeless is that the combustion products… …   Wikipedia

  • Ballistite — noun an explosive (trade name Ballistite) that burns with relatively little smoke; contains pyrocellulose and is used as a propellant • Syn: ↑smokeless powder • Hypernyms: ↑explosive • Substance Meronyms: ↑pyrocellulose …   Useful english dictionary

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  • cordite — /kawr duyt/, n. a smokeless, slow burning powder composed of 30 to 58 percent nitroglycerin, 37 to 65 percent cellulose nitrate, and 5 to 6 percent mineral jelly. Also called pyrocellulose. [1885 90; CORD + ITE1, so called from its cordlike form] …   Universalium

  • explosive — explosively, adv. explosiveness, n. /ik sploh siv/, adj. 1. tending or serving to explode: an explosive temper; Nitroglycerin is an explosive substance. 2. pertaining to or of the nature of an explosion: explosive violence. 3. likely to lead to… …   Universalium

  • nitrocellulose — noun A cotton like material, made from cellulose by the action of nitric and sulphuric acids, used in the manufacture of explosives, collodion etc. Syn: cellulose nitrate, gun cotton, pyrocellulose, pyroxylin …   Wiktionary

  • pyro — 1. noun /ˈpaɪrəʊ/ a) a pyromaniac b) pyrocellulose 2. adjective /ˈpaɪrəʊ/ pyromaniac, pyromaniacal …   Wiktionary


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