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- another term for nitrocellulose
- ‘The first cellulose resin, cellulose nitrate or celluloid, was invented by John Wesley Hyatt, who was trying to find a substitute for ivory in billiard balls in order to win a contest.’
- ‘Cellulose reacts with nitric and sulfuric acids to produce cellulose nitrate.’
- ‘As cellulose nitrate rots, it shrinks and becomes brittle, leaking toxic fumes corrosive enough to turn a reel of film into smelly gelatin ooze.’
- ‘A ‘cel’ is a sheet of cellulose nitrate or acetate on which an animator paints a cartoon figure or scene.’
- ‘Lacquering plants, processors of cellulose nitrate, oil companies, and public utilities are examples of companies where these tools were used.’
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The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.