One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Fuse cable consisting of a core of explosive material in a plastic and textile sheath.
- ‘These were proprietary brands such as Cordtex or Primacord which looked like a silver or yellow electric wire and which contained a white explosive filling.’
- ‘This was a 14oz tin of explosive with a built-in primer and a hole through the middle so that it could be strung on Cordtex which was a type of explosive line.’
- ‘In practice if you initiate the Cordtex at the front there is a millisecond delay before the back goes and so the chimney falls the right way.’
- ‘George Thomas’ favourite explosive charge was a five gallon drum of petrol with a ring of Cordtex and a detonator.’
- ‘Two lengths of Cordtex may be joined by a simple knot, although it is recommended that an extra length be used to bypass the knot in the event of the knot coming loose or detonation failing across the join.’
1930s: from the noun cord + textile.
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