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.’
- ‘George Thomas’ favourite explosive charge was a five gallon drum of petrol with a ring of Cordtex and a detonator.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
1930s: from the noun cord + textile.
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